Heritage India opened at its new location at 1633 P Street NW late last week. The Indian restaurant takes the former space of Skewers, above Cafe Luna.
The restaurant and club’s prior location was at 1337 Connecticut Avenue. Heritage India closed the Dupont Circle spot on May 31, after a fight broke out last November that left one man dead and three others injured.
As of today, the new location does not have a listed phone number or an updated address on the website, but an employee at Heritage India’s Georgetown location confirmed its operating hours(11:30 am until midnight), and said that the menu is pretty much the same with a few minor changes.
DC Police have arrested Brandon Terry in connection with the deadly shooting on November 27 outside the restaurant turned club, Heritage India. Back in November, a fight broke out, which moved outside the club where several were shot and several were stabbed — yikes! The establishment is at 1337 Connecticut Avenue NW, just south of Dupont Circle.
Terry, 29, is charged with second-degree murder while armed. Washington Times has the story with the most information that we’ve seen so far. No word on the information that led to the arrest. Stay tuned for more info as the trial moves forward.
- Dupont ANC Debates Heritage India Shooting
- SYMHM: Demolition Begins, Liquor License Retained, Deli Coming
- SYMHM: Great Wall Revamp, Evans’ Safety Bill, Income Gaps
- SYMHM: Heritage License Suspended, AIDS Day, Constituent Service Funds
- Heritage India: PR 101 Course, Perhaps?
- Heritage India Melee: 1 Dead, 5 Injured Early Sunday Morning
Mood Lounge keeps its liquor license, reports the Shaw Deserves Better blog. They don’t mince words in their reporting of the issue, either. The “problematic” lounge kept its license after an exhaustive hearing before the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board at ABRA last Friday night. The blog’s author plans on combing through the hearing statements to find inconsistencies and flaws, as well as deceptive language.
This now counts as two establishments in Borderstan keeping their licenses, with few penalties, after violent events outside or inside the premises (see: Heritage India).
While it has seemed more like summer than the winter solstice around DC lately, that should be corrected (sort of) today. Expect more like 50’s and 40’s through the week, says ABC 7. And no, that storm system you heard about is not likely to bring snow for Christmas. Anyone whining about the warm temps can remind themselves they appreciate nothing when they complain of cold winds in two weeks. Bah Humbug!
Last-Minute Gift Ideas
We’ve given you some ideas, but if you are still stumped, the Washington Blade has a good, eclectic list. These are all nearby, ready to go and don’t require batteries. Of course, you could have a very procrastinator’s holiday and stop by the Safeway or 7-11 for gift cards to nearly every chain store in America.
And remember to check out these posts from Borderstan writers on last-minute gift ideas:
- Filter’s 4 Steps to Making a Great Cup of French Press Coffee
- New Year’s Eve is Coming: Still Looking for the Perfect Outfit? (lots of boutiques listed)
- Local Options: Alejandra’s Gift Guide for the Food Lover in Your Life
- BorderStyle: 6 Best Clothing Gifts Under $100 for Guys
Heritage India Serves Booze Again
OK, I am a little baffled. Heritage India violates their own security policy and a man dies, with several other injured and they are serving cocktails again less than a month later? That’s what Washington City Paper is reporting, anyways. For those of you playing the consistency game at home, DC9 was ordered closed for 30 days after a man died outside the club, allegedly (at first, anyways) at the hands of employees. Draw your own conclusions.
Best of the Internets
Some of us poor bastards are at work. Here’s what you can do with your day as you fake it until you make it.
NPR brings word of the most awesome useless phone service ever: Callin’ Oates. Yes, it is an ’emergency’ phone line where you can call if you really, really need to hear “Rich Girl” (press 2) and don’t have any other way of listening to it. And if you want to celebrate the end of a despotic reign of the Dear Leader for your holiday, Kim Jong Il Looking at Things can be a half-day diversion. Last but not least, “Shit Girls Say” has a new episode up on their YouTube channel. That poor dog does need water!
At their first monthly meeting since the tragic shooting at the Heritage India restaurant last month, the Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood (ANC) Commission 2B opened debate about safety and security at area bars and restaurants. ANCs are often the first stop for any new establishment that is seeking an Alcoholic Beverage Regulatory Administration (ABRA) license.
Frequently neighbors and ANCs protest license applications to ensure leverage in controlling things such as an establishment’s hours of service, type of entertainment and security measures.In the incident at Heritage, the club owners had given permission for a promoter to host an event at the restaurant after they had finished dinner service for the evening.
At some point a fight broke out that continued out onto the 1300 block of Connecticut Avenue NW just south of Dupont Circle. Johnte Coleman of Maryland was hit when gunfire erupted, he later died from his wound, five others were injured.
A few days after the shooting Police Chief Cathy Lanier ordered the restaurant to close for 96 hours. Shortly after that, ABRA pulled the restaurant’s liquor license pending a review. This week the restaurant’s license was reinstated with restrictions – they will only be able to sell alcohol with food, close at midnight and will need to come up with an acceptable security plan. At the ABRA hearing it was disclosed that the restaurant did not follow their established security procedures.
Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) was a guest speaker at the December 14 meeting and expressed shock and outrage at the violence that occurred at Heritage India. He cited the challenges caused by restaurants that morph into nightclubs late at night and pointed out ongoing safety and noise issues at other establishments in the ward, including Mood Lounge on 9th Street NW in the Shaw neighborhood.
Last week Evans introduced legislation called The Reimbursable Detail Expansion & Promoter Regulation Act of 2011 to address ABRA’s current lack of regulation of promoters. The legislation also seeks to expand the Metropolitan Police Department’s reimbursable detail program by requiring certain establishments to pay for adequate security unless they are granted an exemption by ABRA.
Events like the one organized by the promoter at Heritage would require additional security. In his remarks before the ANC, he pointed out that the legislation needs refinement since not every promoted event requires security. He also mentioned removing the word “reimbursable” from the legislation.
After Evans’ remarks, ANC Commissioner Mike Silverstein of Single Member District (SMD) 2B06, who is also a member of the ABRA’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (ABC), added that the ABC Board forwarded the case to the Office of the Attorney General for a show cause hearing. He also emphasized ABRA’s desire to get a handle on bad promoters and cited the challenges of pop-up events promoted through social media on the Internet.
Commissioner Phil Carney (SMD 2B07), whose district includes Heritage India, praised the competent and prompt response by the Metropolitan Police Department in the aftermath of the violence. He added that promoted events have been a problem for years and mentioned that neighboring Prince Georges County, Maryland, requires licensing of promoters.
During the debate commissioners called out other Dupont Circle restaurants who have late-night promoter events and continue to be a source of frustration for neighbors — the other establishments mentioned include Bistro Bistro at 1727 Connecticut Avenue NW and Marrakesh P Street / Pasha Lounge at 2147 P Street, NW.
Commissioner Jack Jacobson (SMD 2B04) pointed out that the ANC 2B knew of problems at ABC licensed establishments but has never opposed a renewal. “Buck shold stop here!” he tweeted during the meeting. We should hear more on the Heritage India incident from Evans and the ANC next month, as the bill moves to a hearing and the ANC continues the discussion at their next meeting.
Heritage India Somehow Keeps Liquor License
In keeping with the theme of how you assess ‘justice,’ Heritage India got to keep its liquor license, despite an extremely violent and ill-managed event that left one dead and several injured. WJLAreports that the license comes with several restrictions, however. They must give up their entertainment license, which means closing at midnight. The restaurant also must honor its name and serve food with alcohol. It will re-open on December 21. See Heritage India Melee: 1 Dead, 5 Injured Early Sunday Morning.
Driver in Fatal Hit and Run Sentenced
The driver responsible for a fatal hit and run on October 7, 2010, while under the influence, has been sentenced to three years, reports the The Washington Post. The jury didn’t come to a unanimous verdict on the voluntary manslaughter charge, which carried a longer sentence. That may still happen, as the judge opened the door to have the driver retried on that charge. According to The Post, Davidson was found guilty of negligent homicide, driving while under the influence and leaving the scene after a collision in connection with the death of Kiela M. Ryan, 24, of Howard County.”
Jewish-Style Deli Coming to Dupont Circle
For those of you trekking to Loeb’s or Star and Shamrock, here’s some good news: serious chef Barry Koslow has applied for a liquor license in Dupont Circle. Plans are for a Jewish-style deli, according to Washingtonian. Does anyone have any other news on menu ideas, location or date? I am now starving for corned beef on rye and would like the deets, ASAP. Koslow was formerly at Mendocino Grille and Tallula.
Saturday: DC Dreidel Championships at Historic Synagogue
The DC Dreidel Championship will be held at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue this Saturday, December 17, at 8 pm. Admission is free if you RSVP, which gets you a chance to compete, hear live music and two of the most glorious words I’ve seen in an event invite: latke bar.
Great Wall Szechuan House Getting Major Revamp
No, the Great Wall of China is not getting a makeover! But, first the important news regarding the major dining room revamp at Great Wall Szechuan House on 14th Street NW: The kitchen is open and they are making deliveries (verified by Borderstan Thursday night). The very basic, plain dining room is getting a total makeover and a member of the restaurant’s staff said they hope to reopen for in-house dining by early January, if not before.
Evans Introduces Promoter Regulation Act
DC Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) introduced a bill to promote safety at events organized and sponsored by promoters. The press release from Evans’ office says The Reimbursable Detail Expansion & Promoter Regulation Act of 2011 would direct the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) to create uniform regulations governing promoters who organize and sponsor events in the District.
In addition, the bill would impact participation in the Metropolitan Police Department’s reimbursable detail program by requiring certain establishments to pay for adequate security unless they are granted an exemption by ABRA. For events involving promoters, extra security would be mandatory. The bill introduction comes a few weeks after the tragic shooting of Jhonte Coleman at a private event organized by a promoter and held at the Heritage India restaurant, just south of Dupont Circle.
Income Gaps Persists Along Racial Lines in DC
The Washington Post reports on new Census data that shows income disparity between whites and blacks in DC has widened over the years, while suburban counties have seen a narrowing of the gap. In 2010 DC whites earned $3.06 for every $1.00 in black income. Earlier this year, census figures showed that the African American population in the District dropped below 50 percent for the first time in decades. Experts quoted in the Post story cite the black middle class flight to the suburbs and the increase in young, professional whites moving to the city as the reason for the persistent income gap.
Heritage India Loses Liquor License
This news surprises no one, as the weekend’s violent melee at the “world-class restaurant” has continued to be the most discussed item in Dupont Circle. Washington Examiner reports that the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) suspended Heritage India’s license, citing Heritage India’s inability to control the violence. Among items of concern was the restaurant’s deviation from their own security plan, lack of working surveillance cameras and failure to use metal detectors on the boisterous crowd assembled for an event billed as ‘Black Out’ Thanksgiving. No word on the restaurant’s plan to appeal or accept the suspension or their future operating plans.
World AIDS Day Observances
Thursday marked World AIDS Day, and DC participated in the event in a number of important ways. The Wilson Building shown red to highlight the impact of AIDS in DC, a mobile van was outside offering testing for much of the day and a candlelight vigil was held in Dupont Circle. DCist has a full recap of other events, including two hearings on AIDS legislation and for non-city sponsored events, our story is here.
Constituent Service Funds: Too Legit to Quit?
A few members came under scrutiny a while ago after reporters saw some documentation on how constituent service fund dollars were being spent (see: Jack Evans, The Washington Post). But things got quiet after a defense of the expenditures from Evans. Expect the issue to be back on at least the local news radar, after the Washington City Paper published an angry missive from Alan Suderman. There is a pretty long list of items purchased with those funds in his piece, and while it’s not damning, it’s none too pleasant to see in ink either.
Washington Examiner linked to the statement issued by Heritage India about the violence at their Dupont Circle location this past weekend. If you somehow missed it, one man died after being shot while two more people suffered gunshot wounds and three people were stabbed. The fight started inside the club and spilled out onto the 1300 block of Connecticut Avenue NW just south of Dupont Circle.
What Heritage India said about the horrible incident is not much, as one would expect from a company that is surely under advisement from a lawyer. The statement starts out well enough, “Heritage India extends its deepest sympathies to the family of Jhonte Coleman. We wish a quick and healthful recovery for the others…”
However, does anyone else find the second and third paragraphs, at best, jarring, and, at worst, sort of surreal? “Heritage India is proud to be among Washington’s world-class restaurants, offering guests from around the city, country and the world a memorable fine-dining experience. Heritage India often hosts wedding receptions, businesspeople, government officials, foreign diplomats and other dignitaries for large lunch and dinner banquets,” reads the second paragraph.
Look, I know you apologized first. But you probably should have stopped at that. When someone dies, it is high time to get your marketing person the heck out of drafting statements.
The rest of the statement really isn’t much better, in my personal and professional (in public relations 9 to 5) opinions. Our thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of those harmed in the violence would have been a better choice of words.
Am I the only one who thinks this statement is offensive?
According to numerous reports, one man died after a fight around 2:30 am Sunday morning outside Heritage India Dupont Circle at 1337 Connecticut Avenue NW. Homicide Watch D.C. has a roundup of the news coverage and what apparently happened. A fight broke out at a private party inside the restaurant and club and spilled out onto the sidewalk; the block is just south of Dupont Circle. The Washington Post has more details.
Three men were shot, three more were stabbed and one of the men later died. No one has been arrested as of Sunday night. A DC Police notice on the door of Heritage India Sunday afternoon said the club would be closed for a minimum of 96 hours.