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The VIP ROOM is back in Manor Park

by Prince Of Petworth December 4, 2015 at 11:40 am 7 Comments

VIP Room
6201 Third Street, NW

Thanks to a reader for sending and asking who they are. The VIP Room’s website says:

“Abner “Sam” Sampson started in business selling Air-Way vacuum cleaners door to door. His career blossomed as he was named the national “Air-Way Salesman of the Year” for several consecutive years. Inspiring to reach new heights and fulfill his dreams, Sam purchased the Air-Way franchise from his boss Mr. Radar, and then founded Air-Way Sales and Services, Inc. As the owner, Sam expanded the business to include selling carpet and draperies.

In 1978, Sam moved his office from one end of the 6200 block of Rittenhouse Street, NW to the other corner of Rittenhouse Street, NW. There was a lot of extra space in the new building, and Sam was just using it for his office and storage. Sam said that he was not going to pay to heat the whole building for nothing, so he rented out the extra space for business meetings.

The Air-Way V.I.P. Room was a dream that came to fruition in 1979 when Sam renovated the space so that people could have birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, repasts, church functions, and political celebrations. Sam wanted to provide a place where everybody could be treated like a V.I.P. (a very important person). Sam’s business motto was “Please Treat Everyone Right and be Fair in Your Dealings!”

Because of health challenges, Sam closed The Air-Way V.I.P. Room in 2004. After Sam died on May 23, 2011, his wife Earline Sampson decided to renovate the building and re-open the V.I.P. Room as a family business.

Host your next affair with us at The V.I.P. Room. Whether it is an …

Bar or Bat Mitzvah
Business Meeting
Church Event
Entertainment Event
Fraternity & Sorority Event
Private Party
Wedding Reception

… We are here for you!”

  • neighbor

    nice to know the history behind this place. it has been re-opened for a couple of years now so wondering why this is news now. the renovation looks nice, but wish they had put windows at the street level. a restaurant with a bar and patio seating would also have been nice.

    • bll

      had I not read the backstory I would’ve assumed this place was a strip club.

      • textdoc

        I thought it was a strip club until I read the posting — the name and the covered windows seemed perfect for a strip club.

  • Anon

    I think they’ve had multiple problems with the ANC and ABRA. It may be that those are now fully resolved.


    • textdoc

      “We’ve been here for years with absolutely no problems—no law enforcement issues, no licensing infractions, no ordinance abuses or violations of any sort either inside or around our business—but suddenly, we are being denied a liquor license because the new residents are reporting people urinating outside the building and loitering,” he said.
      Interesting. It’s not clear from the article whether he was saying that the reports were unfounded, or whether perhaps such incidents had always been happening but no one had complained about it before.

      • Samantha

        Those reports are happening because they are having parties there without the proper paperwork. Nice story above, but not the whole truth. No bar should be violating the terms of their licenses and this is what VIP is notorious for in recent years in the neighborhood.

        There have been patrons who have wandered into neighbors backyards, urinated, and even tried to enter houses. There were threads about this last year on social media and neighborhood listserves. They had a party for a political candidate the same day that candidate won a local election. No way they had time to get the clearance for that kind of party. They have a very specific liquor license and have had a number of ABRA problems over the last year because they are violating their liquor license frequently in a bid to make money quickly without the appropriate license.

        I’d love an everyday bar or restaurant in Brightwood – but the VIP Room isn’t it. I’d love to give money to a local family, but I also want them to do legally.

  • Brightwood neighbor

    I walk my dog around this block nearly every day. I’ve always assumed it was a strip club.

    Just means I’ve got to meet the neighbors, I suppose!


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