Popular Adams Morgan bar The Reef is closing permanently as a result of a stabbing there earlier this month.
“As many of you know, the last few weeks have been very challenging for the Reef,” a manager at the bar wrote in an email Wednesday to some customers, which Washington City Paper obtained. “After much effort, and cooperation between the ownership, our amazing staff and community, and the ABRA, we were able to regain our license and reopened our doors. However, as a result of the recent events we can no longer operate.”
The Metropolitan Police Department first ordered the bar to close and suspended its liquor license after a stabbing occurred inside the bar in the early morning of Aug. 10. But a week later, the bar seemed to reach a deal with the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board that allowed the doors to reopen.
It’s not clear exactly what prompted the announcement that the bar would close indefinitely. A woman who answered the phone there wouldn’t comment on whether the bar would be closing. A call to the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration was not immediately returned.
Update: A spokesman for ABRA said the administration did not force The Reef to close and it has no information regarding the closure.
In the email, the Reef’s management did not make mention of their future plans. But they did invite people to “like” their Facebook page to “be a part of an ongoing community.”
“To everyone we say, “Cheers Bro”, and Thank You,” the message closed.
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