ABC Board Suspends McFadden’s Liquor License after 5 People Stabbed Saturday Night

2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

From ABRA:

“The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (Board) unanimously decided today to suspend McFadden’s alcoholic beverage license after it found the establishment presents an imminent danger to the health and safety of the public.

As a result, the establishment is prohibited from selling and serving alcoholic beverages. The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) served McFadden’s—located at 2401 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW—with a written notice this evening informing them of the suspension.

The Board made its decision after reviewing a thorough investigation conducted by ABRA of a violent incident that occurred on Saturday, December 27 where five people were stabbed inside of the establishment. McFadden’s has remained closed since 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 27 under the authority of Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy L. Lanier.

Complete details of the Board’s decision can be reviewed in the Notice of Summary Suspension available on ABRA’s website.”

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  • I read the whole ‘Notice of Summary Suspension,’ and McFadden’s is just as shady as I thought. Mopping up the crime scene before police could investigate, basically letting the assailant go, not following protocol…crazy.

    I was a little disturbed that apparently none of the victims is being cooperative, but I guess I can see how that would happen.

    • Tsar of Truxton

      It was interesting to see that the max capacity is 136. I haven’t been in years, but the last time I went, I would be shocked if it were under 200 people inside. That said, 136 seems like a small number for a pretty big space.

      It sure seems like something shady is going on with this incident though. It is almost like the security guys knew the assailant. I am not sure why the victims would not cooperate though.

  • I just read the full report. Does anyone know what a “reimbursable detail” is? Sounds like the bar was supposed to be paying extra for a dedicated patrol beat or something?

    • That’s pretty much what it means. A reimbursable detail is when you have an in-uniform officer (or several) stationed at a location, usually earning overtime. The police department then bills the private entity for the hourly cost and in some cities they include an administrative fee.

    • I believe it’s a form of officially sanctioned moonlighting. Officers who are allowed to do it serve as extra security for different kinds of establishments. I don’t think it’s a patrol. The extra officer(s) remains onsite for the duration of the detail.
      A “settlement agreement” indicates that there was at least one incident in the past which forced this place to agree to have extra security in place.

  • This place sounds like a sh*tshow. Maybe I am naïve but I am surprised at such a sketchy scene in a place in Foggy Bottom. There are strip clubs in SE that have better security.

  • I thought this place was mainly full of preppy GW students. Were any students involved in this incident?

    • No idea, but I assume that probably not because of winter/Christmas break (no classes).

    • Tsar of Truxton

      Four of the victims were 23-27 in age, so unlikely GWU undergrads (maybe on the ole 5+ year plan), but maybe grad students. One victim was only 20 though.

    • Used to be, but the last few times I was there (shut up, it was a bocce league bar) it had a decidedly less collegiate feel

      I always laughed at the attendant in the ladies room. Meanwhile half the toilets were broken (literally, the seat was cracked and/or hanging half off).

  • On the weekends its a lower class crowd. Full of riff raff for lack of a better word. (College nights are Tuesday and Thursday).

  • that place has been hell for years…

    “You saw this coming, right? McFadden’s might hold the distinction of being the douchiest bar in multiple cities. ”

  • It’s a shame his happened. Now this clientele will frequent other establishments to get black out drunk. Colleges need college bars, and this was one of them.

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