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Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 12/22/2011

Restaurant reopens bar in wake of fatal fight

Heritage India, the Dupont Circle restaurant that was the site of a late November fight that resulted in a Suitland man’s death, resumed full bar service, the restaurant announced Thursday.

The restaurant had reopened, but without alcoholic beverage service, earlier this month.

“We sincerely look forward to serving you again,” read an item on the restaurant’s Web site. “At the same time, we reiterate our pledge to cooperate with the police department and city officials to ensure the safety of the dining public.”

Jhonte Coleman, 34, died of gunshot wounds after an early morning fight broke out inside the restaurant on Nov. 27. Several other people were stabbed or otherwise hurt in the melee.

The city’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board didn’t revoke the restaurant’s liquor license. In a Dec. 14 ruling, the board set out conditions including the end of music beyond background music and mandated midnight closings every day.

“Heritage India is profoundly grateful to our friends, staff and especially the dining public for your support during these very challenging times,” the restaurant wrote on its Web site Dec. 5, a few days after reopening. “Needless to say, this has been a very draining experience, emotionally and financially.”

Police have not announced an arrest in Coleman’s killing.

By David Marino-Nachison  |  12:42 PM ET, 12/22/2011

Categories:  David P. Marino-Nachison, The District

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