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A ‘Private Party’ Turned Ugly: Heritage India Addresses Weekend Violence

Heritage India has issued a statement addressing the deadly violence taking place at the Dupont Circle restaurant over the weekend. The statement pins the blame squarely on the actions of a "private party." See the full statement here or read the text below:

Heritage India Statement on Nov. 27 Incident

Heritage India extends its deepest sympathies to the family of Jhonte Coleman. We wish a quick and healthful recovery for the others who were injured following a private party on Nov. 27.

Heritage India is proud to be among Washington’s world-class restaurants, offering guests from around the city, country and the world a memorable fine-dining experience. Heritage India often hosts wedding receptions, businesspeople, government officials, foreign diplomats and other dignitaries for large lunch and dinner banquets.

Located in one of Washington’s premier nightlife areas, Heritage India Dupont Circle is an attractive venue for private after-hours events on weekend nights.

On Nov. 27, two patrons at a private party began to fight and security staff immediately escorted both men off the premises.

With tension remaining in the venue, management decided to shut down the event immediately. Music was turned off, lights were turned on and guests were asked to leave.

As patrons were exiting, a person outside of Heritage India shouted that there had been a stabbing on the street.

Heritage India staff immediately called 911 and security began an emergency-response lockdown. At this point, only the security officers, event promoters and restaurant staff were inside the restaurant.

The alleged stabbing victim was leaning against the main door of the restaurant and security brought him inside to render medical aid.

Contrary to published reports, the stabbing did not occur inside Heritage India.

Heritage India is reviewing its contracting procedures for private events and is prepared to participate in a constructive dialog with police and city officials to promote a safe, hospitable environment for nightlife activities.

  • Native

    I find it reprehensible that Chief Lanier shut down the restaurant after the incident. Business owners can't be blamed and punished for the acts of those other than their employees. DC is becoming a police state.

  • Keep the Peace

    Lanier did exactly the right thing. This place and other similar establishments will think twice about hosting local thug gatherings. Based on the advertising, they knew exactly the type of "element" that would be attending the party. And by the way, that place is hardly a "world-class restaurant."

  • Anon

    What "element" are you referring to - Black people? Two people out of hundreds at a party get into a fight and everyone who attended gets labeled a thug? Pathetic.

  • Tyrone

    yes, black people. whenever they congregate anywhere, there is an enormously high likelihood of mayhem and wanton violence. they should stay in PG county or SE/NE.