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Bohemian Caverns’ Suspension May Be Lifted Today

Tap & Parlour and Bohemian Caverns' ABC Board hearing yesterday ended to the satisfaction of all parties: The U Street NW club is due to get its liquor license back, assuming it meets several conditions agreed upon by venue owner Omrao Brown and the board. If the terms of the agreement are quickly met, the Caverns could reopen as early as tonight, in time for Miguel Zenon and Laurent Coq's 8:30 p.m. show.

Among the conditions Bohemian Caverns and Tap & Parlour must meet: It has to fire the two employees implicated in last Saturday's incident, repair its broken cameras and provide new security training for all staff, and submit to the ABC board an employee handbook and a new written plan for ensuring that the establishment closes on time. Brown tells Washington City Paper that he intends to meet these conditions today.

In addition, the club will be required within 30 days to cooperate with an ABRA security inspection, train all staff in security and sexual-assault prevention, post MPD literature on prevention of sexual assaults, and submit a plan for remotely accessing the building's security cameras. There are also ongoing provisions, including security training for all new employees within 10 days of their hiring, and disclosure of security footage to ABRA and MPD upon request. A follow-up compliance hearing is scheduled for January 30.

Bohemian Caverns and Tap & Parlour, which share the same liquor license, have been closed since Saturday in the aftermath of an alleged assault that took place inside the club after hours last weekend. MPD Chief Cathy Lanier requested its liquor license be suspended for 96 hours pending an investigation (read the investigative report here), and on Wednesday, the ABC Board voted unanimously to summarily suspend the club's liquor license until yesterday's hearing. The ABC board ordered that Tap & Parlour/Bohemian Caverns' license remain suspended until today, or until the club reaches compliance with the order.

"This is obviously good news," Brown tells City Paper. "But I have a lot of work to do."

Read the board's disposition below.


Photo by Ally Schweitzer

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