Liquor license revocation shutters 1920dc

February 28, 2013

1920dc -- already shuttered following a shooting outside the club last weekend and the resulting four-day closure ordered by Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier -- has closed for good after its liquor license was permanently revoked. Strangely enough, the action has nothing to with the shooting, and nothing to do with 1920dc itself.

At Wednesday's meeting of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, Asefu Alemayehu, who owns the building containing 1920dc and Asefu's Restaurant, was forced to surrender the liquor license that covers both establishments after repeatedly being charged with operating after legal hours, according to the board's report. (The board can revoke a license if there are four "primary tier" violations in four years. Alemayehu was charged in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011; the proceedings that led to revocation began in May 2012, before 1920dc had opened.)

Since Asefu's and 1920dc share an address, they were allowed to operate under the same liquor license. Once Alemayehu lost her license, 1920dc (which is co-owned by Reggie Eliacin and Monisa Fisher) wouldn't have been able to serve anything stronger than ginger ale. The board had been scheduled to hold a hearing on the shooting yesterday afternoon, but after the decision to revoke the liquor license for other infractions, the board decided "the matter is made moot."

Reached by e-mail, 1920dc's Eliacin said that his popular bar was closed "for good, for now. We are trying to get a [liquor] license in our own name."

Fritz Hahn has written about bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. A product of Prince George's County public schools, Fritz majored in journalism at the University of Maryland and lives in the District.
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