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Blood-stained Dupont Circle eatery Heritage India will be allowed to reopen for business on Dec. 21, provided it meets a number of conditions spelled out by city liquor regulators on Tuesday. The restrictions include: No live music or entertainment of any kind (that includes disc jockeys). Also: no promoters. The city’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board additionally wants the restaurant to focus on its main purpose—-food: “Licensee shall provide food service from a menu to ordering customers during all hours the establishment is open to the public.”

Read the full announcement, if you care to, after the jump:


Washington, DC—On December 13, 2011, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (Board) cancelled  the entertainment endorsement of Heritage India Brasserie & Lounge (Licensee) and referred the matter to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for further enforcement action.

As a result of a patron being shot and multiple patrons seriously injured at the licensed establishment, MPD Chief of Police, Cathy Lanier sent an emergency Notice of Closure to the Licensee on November 27, 2011.  In order for the establishment to reopen on Wednesday, December 21, 2011, the Board determined that the Licensee must satisfy the following conditions:

1)      Licensee shall surrender its Entertainment Endorsement for cancellation.  It shall not offer music or entertainment of any kind, including disc jockey.  The Licensee may offer background music.

2)      Licensee may not use any outside promoters in any aspect of its business.

3)      Licensee shall close the licensed establishment with all patrons removed from the premises, no later than 12:00 midnight, seven days a week.

4)      Licensee shall provide food service from a menu to ordering customers during all hours the establishment is open to the public.

5)      Licensee shall submit by Friday, December 16, 2011, an updated Security Plan that meets the Board’s satisfaction to include the following items:

  1. How the establishment will handle assaults, fights or verbal altercations that occur on or near the premises;
  2. The establishment’s process for notifying MPD; and
  3. A detailed description of the establishment’s newly installed camera security system, addressing operability, coverage, and location of cameras.  This includes a diagram of the camera locations and a requirement that video footage be made available within 24 hours to law enforcement and ABRA investigators.

Licensee’s ability to remain open after December 21, 2011, will be contingent upon the Board’s satisfaction with the camera security system whose assessment and evaluation will be determined by an ABRA investigator following a walk-through with the Licensee.  The Board will review the supplemental investigative report to determine whether the cameras achieve adequate coverage of the interior and exterior of the establishment.