- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 3, 2014

A Northwest D.C. megaclub that was the site of a weekend shooting had its liquor license suspended as a result of the violence and has reportedly lost its lease as well.

The D.C. Alcohol Beverage Control Board moved Wednesday to suspend Lux Lounge’s liquor license after a series of fights were reported at the club Saturday, ending in a shooting that injured one man after brawling groups were forced out of the club and into the street.

Liquor inspectors were inside the club at the time of the shooting, documenting evidence that the club had remained opened after hours, according to suspension notice issued by the ABC Board. The suspension will keep the 1,000-person capacity nightclub closed indefinitely, though the club owners will have the right to a hearing before the board.

Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration has investigated nine other assaults at the club since 2009.

The suspension also comes after a local Advisory Neighborhood Commission member reported that she received assurances from property owner Douglas Development that the lease to Lux Lounge will not be renewed.

Rachelle Nigro said she reached out to Douglas Development owner Douglas Jemal shortly after the shooting to see what he could do to address the situation.

“I asked them ‘Can you terminate their lease early?’ ” Ms. Nigro said.
Ms. Nigro said the development magnate replied shortly after with assurances he would not renew Lux Lounge’s lease past October.

“I am extremely grateful to them that they were very proactive and fast in their decision,” she said.

Reached by email, Mr. Jemal declined to comment on any agreement. Operators of Lux Lounge also could not be reached.

The triangle-shaped block in Mount Vernon Square where Lux Lounge is located has been slated for redevelopment into retail and office space by Douglas Development. Several of the bars and businesses in the affected area — between New York Avenue, 7th Street and L Street Northwest — have moved or are planning to close in coming months to make way for the project.

The building in which Lux Lounge is located has already been redeveloped, according to project details on the Douglas Development website.

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