4200 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC
Owners Elliot Epstein and Ben Hiatt. Previous location was in Alexandria, VA. The DC location struggled with neighborhood resistance to a new nightclub, resulting in a legal dispute over the denial of a liquor license. As a result, it was mostly closed for more than a year, only open for brunch.
On March 22, 1990, the Cleveland Park-Woodley Park Advisory Neighborhood Commission voted to support the club’s application for a liquor license “on condition that the restaurant agrees to limit the number of shows and the hours of operation and provides free parking for its customers.” The American University Park-Friendship Heights ANC voted similarly, “on the conditions that it close at 11:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 12:30 a.m. Saturday; provide free parking for its customers; offer no happy hours featuring half-priced drinks, and limit the numbers of shows to one on Sunday through Thursday and two each on Friday and Saturday.”
Opened 1988; re-opened November 15, 1990; closed June 2?, 1991. Anita O’Day’s engagement in the first week of June did not take place.
Chicago room featured acoustic blues on Thursdays.
Buddy DeFranco and Terry Gibbs
David ‘Fathead’ Newman
Jay Leonhart & Roger Kellaway
Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison
Buddy De Franco