A Shaw bar that had its liquor license suspended over an assault earlier this year can start serving booze again, the District’s alcohol board ruled yesterday.
Salina Restaurant at 1936 9th St. NW received the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board’s approval to reopen after agreeing to pay a $12,000 fine and meet other requirements imposed by the panel. The board took away Salina’s liquor license in the days following a May attack that sent a customer to a hospital.
The bar might not resume operations as Salina, however.
A business called Karma Lounge and Bar operated in the space from November to May, replacing Salina. But Salina’s owner’s, Terfneh Kahsay, never had his liquor license officially transferred to Karma’s owner, according to Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration documents.
Kahsay told the ABC Board in August that his lawyer gave him “bad advice” on the sale of his business.
Efforts to reach Kahsay or a spokesperson for him weren’t immediately successful.
The victim in the assault was eating and drinking at a table in Karma when somebody hurled a bottle at his head and then ran from the bar, police said.
Although the victim was brought to a local hospital for treatment, no Karma employee appeared to call police, according to an ABRA investigator.
The ABRA official also reported that the bar’s security cameras were inoperable and blood at the scene of the assault was cleaned up before police could investigate.
The attack came six years after a man was killed at Salina in 2010.