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George charged with violations of alcohol permit

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will hold a hearing March 23 on charges that George (3251 Prospect St.) violated its Voluntary Agreement (VA), according to the Glover Park Gazette. The drinking club—owned by four men who last year bought part ownership of Gin & Tonic (2408 Wisconsin Ave.)—operates under a Voluntary Agreement that limits the club’s capacity to 99 and forbids dancing except at private parties, among other restrictions. George has also been charged with making a substantial change to its operations without the board’s permission.

The charges stem from an incident last March during which a fight started between two strangers on the club’s dance floor. One of the men ended up throwing a beer bottle at the other, causing a head wound that required 14 stitches to close, according to an Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration investigator’s report. ABRA is currently investigating a similar incident that happened on December 5: during another fight between strangers inside the club, one man got a two-inch laceration on his head that required stitches to close, according to a police report. The victim didn’t know whether or not a weapon was used, the report stated. George’s license could potentially be suspended or revoked over the incidents.

In a separate matter, George has applied to terminate its VA so it can increase its capacity. The Georgetown ANC, the Citizens Association of Georgetown, and a group of near neighbors have all lodged protests, and a hearing on the matter was held on February 9.

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