DC Eagle To Close Temporarily After Liquor License Suspension Over Shoving Incident With Councilman

The Washington Blade reports:

The D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board on March 13 suspended the liquor license for the DC Eagle gay bar and nightclub for seven days and fined the club $2,000 over an incident last fall involving former mayor and current D.C. Council member Vincent Gray [photo].

News of the license suspension and fine surfaced on Wednesday when the Eagle posted a message on its Facebook page saying it would be closed from March 23-March 29 to be followed by a “Grand Reopening” on March 30.

A Case Report of the incident in question prepared by the city’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, of which the ABC Board is a part, says an investigation found that on Sept. 29, 2018 a male Eagle employee used “unnecessary physical force” to remove Gray from inside the establishment, which is located at 3701 Benning Road, N.E.

From my October 2018 post on the incident:

D.C. Council member Vincent Gray, a former mayor of the city, says he was injured when a bouncer at a nightclub pushed him on Saturday, causing him to fall. Gray told police an employee pushed him at the DC Eagle on Benning Road NE, leaving him with injuries. The Metropolitan Police Department classified the report as assault.

Management said in a statement that Gray refused to provide proper identification and was told to wait outside. Sheila Bunn, Gray’s chief of staff, said the Council member went to the DC Eagle about 9:30 p.m. Saturday as part of the city’s Art All Night event.

Gray was elected DC mayor in 2010 but lost to current Mayor Muriel Bowser in 2014 after a prolonged campaign finance scandal. Gray was an early supporter of same-sex marriage and officiated his first ceremony as mayor in 2013. In 2014 he signed one of the nation’s first bans on ex-gay torture.