From Cody Telep. Follow him on Twitter @codywt, email him at cody[AT]borderstan.com.
Tap & Parlour and Bohemian Caverns, which share a liquor license and building at 2001 11th Street NW, reopened Friday evening after a temporary liquor license suspension that began December 8.
Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Chief Cathy Lanier shut down the establishments after an alleged second-degree sexual assault that took place in Tap & Parlour. Lanier has the authority to temporarily close establishments serving alcohol for up to 96 hours under the Emergency Suspension of Liquor Licenses Act of 2005.
According to the investigative report by the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA; available from Washington City Paper), a female victim reported that she was sexually assaulted by an employee of Tap & Parlour at about 4 am on December 8.
The victim and her friends had been drinking with a manager they knew and employees in the lower level of the stablishment. The victim reported she became tired and went up to the street-level bar to rest. When she awoke, she was being sexually assaulted by a male employee. After an MPD investigation, Lanier closed the bar at 6 pm December 8. The ABRA investigation also concluded that Tap & Parlour was serving alcohol past its closing time of 3 am.
ABRA continued the suspension of Tap & Parlour’s liquor license at a December 12 hearing, but allowed the establishment to reopen following a December 13 hearing. Bohemian Caverns and Tap & Parlour had to meet a number of conditions before reopening (see the Order on Summary Suspension).
These included firing the employee and manager involved in the December 8 incident, fixing a broken lock and broken security cameras, creating written guidelines for ensuring the bar is closed on time and submitting a Security Plan to ABRA. The Security Plan had to cover a number of areas including the placement of security guards and cameras, provisions for reporting incidents to MPD and ABRA and policies on ID checks. Within 30 days, all employees must undergo sexual assault training, and ABRA must ensure that all four security cameras are functional and that security footage is being kept for 30 days.
These conditions were all met on December 14 and Bohemian Caverns tweeted about the club’s reopening for happy hour that day.
Tap & Parlour and Bohemian Caverns will have a status hearing on January 30 to monitor compliance with these conditions. The incident was also referred to the Office of the Attorney General for a potential show cause hearing.
The ABRA Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board also held a fact-finding hearing during their December 13 meeting on the triple shooting outside Indulj on December 3 (Chief Lanier Shuts Down Indulj for 96 Hours Following Triple Shooting). The Board set a status hearing on the case for March 6. Indulj was allowed to reopen on December 7.