Adams Morgan Bar Fined $30K After ABRA Audit

by Tim Regan November 21, 2016 at 2:00 pm 5 Comments

Brass Monkey/Spaghetti Garden/Peyote Cafe/Roxanne

(Updated at 2:17 p.m.) A business in Adams Morgan must pay thousands of dollars in fines and surrender its alcohol license for 30 days on charges it failed to maintain some of the records required under its alcohol license, according to D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.

Brass Monkey/Spaghetti Garden/Peyote Cafe/Roxanne, a group of joint businesses at 2317-2319 18th St. NW, must pay $30,000 within 90 days and serve a 30-day suspension of its license starting this Sunday, Nov. 27, according to a D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board disposition published last week.

According to an ABRA case report, investigators found the bar failed to keep the records needed to prove it met its annual food sales requirement under its “class CR,” or restaurant, alcohol license. Under D.C. code, food sales must account for either $2,000 per seat or at least 45 percent of all sales during a gross annual or quarterly period.

When an ABRA investigator in March asked the company’s owner, Iraj Askarinam, for proof the business complied with its food sale requirements, Askarinam “pointed to a pile of guest checks located on some dining tables.” Investigators were unable to complete the audit because none of the checks had dates or times, according to the case report. Furthermore, Askarinam “could not articulate a reason for the guest checks not being dated.”

We were unable to reach Askarinam to comment on the ordered fine or suspension.

This is one of the larger fines and license suspensions levied by District alcohol regulators in recent history. Shaw bar Dacha was fined $42,000 and ordered to serve a 21-day suspension roughly one year ago.

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