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Madam’s Organ Fined $500 for Open Window

by Tim Regan — June 18, 2015 at 3:00 pm 16,733 5 Comments

Madam's Organ, photo via flickr/Adam Fagen(Updated at 3:29 p.m.) Popular Adams Morgan bar Madam’s Organ was fined $500 yesterday for leaving its windows open while a live band played there one year ago.

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board said in an order released yesterday that the 18th Street hangout was being fined specifically for violating a settlement agreement brokered in 2008.

“The doors and windows of the establishment will remain closed from 12:30 a.m. until closing when live music is being played,” reads the original settlement agreement, which is also included in the order.

According to the report, an Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) inspector personally observed a live band playing “directly in front of one of the establishment’s ground floor windows” between 1:30 and 1:33 a.m. on June 22, 2014.

In April, Madam’s Organ General Manager Carlos Wilcox testified at an ABRA hearing that he “personally closed the windows during the performers’ first break of the night,” and that the band’s drummer “needed air and cracked a window.”

Madam’s Organ owner Bill Duggan admits the drummer did crack open the window slightly. Why?

“He opened the window to let [a] fart out,” Duggan said. “He cracked it open for five minutes, then the inspector showed up.”

“Twenty f—–g years with not one violation and this is what they came up with,” Duggan says. “People get stabbed and shot in these other establishments. In ours, someone farts and cracks a window and they spend a year on it.”

According to the order, Madam’s Organ has 30 days to pay the fine, but Duggan says an appeal may be in the works.

Photo via Flickr/Adam Fagen

  • This seems like completely normal AdMo behavior. 🙂

  • Bill Ray Drums

    As a drummer who farts, I can say that the $500 was a small price to pay, rather than to see the entire club empty out because of methane poisoning.

  • Arcangelo ‘Cisco’ Cocco

    Anything to get your money. The government official is full of hot air.

  • martintfre

    the compassion of bureaucrats – and ya want them to totally run our health care?

  • Beyene

    The government DC was out checking all the business, to see if they
    line up with their promised actions they signed for in agreements. Looked at all the business windows everywhere for enforcement. Also Mr Duggin does
    disservice to talk about stabbings & shootings in other businesses
    when it almost never happens Inside other places as he said. Looks bad
    for him to diss our neighborhood where he has made so much money

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