(Updated at 7:29 p.m.) Though several people familiar with Midtown Partyplex, the three-level nightclub at 1219 Connecticut Ave NW, said it had served its last Red Bull and vodka, the bar’s general manager says it’s still open for business.
A Midtown employee tipped us off via e-mail on Saturday that the owner was closing the Dupont Circle nightclub “because of financial reasons.”
“Midtown employees were notified tonight that Sunday night would be the last night of operation and the doors will be closed for good,” added the employee, who did not provide their name or respond to multiple requests for additional comment.
Midtown’s general manager, Ramon Ramirez, disputed that claim and said the bar is “never closing.” He added that he didn’t know why the employee would have said that, and that the bar will remain open “seven days a week.”
A group of movers were spotted moving outdoor heaters and other bar equipment from the building earlier this morning, and two of the movers, John and Vincent Booker, said that Midtown had closed for good and that they were being paid to clear the bar out. But Ramirez said the movers were wrong and that the bar is being renovated.
The Dupont bar and nightclub has long been a controversial business along the stretch of Connecticut Avenue NW sometimes referred to as “club row.” Dupont Circle’s ANC 2B voted to express “safety concerns” at the bar in October, and D.C. alcohol regulators chided the club and reduced its rooftop hours over noise issues earlier this month.
Additionally, the company that owns the Midtown, Michael Romeo Group LLC, has been plagued by legal troubles. Michael Romeo Group’s other bar, Dirty Martini, lost its alcohol license for failing to pay $115K to to a man who suffered injuries there in 2013.