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D.C. Man Says An Adams Morgan Club Served Him an Ammonia-Spiked Cocktail

Industrial coil cleaner was in his Long Island iced tea

The owner of Heaven & Hell says he mistakenly mixed industrial cleaner into a drink.
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Dangerous drink

Adams Morgan nightclub Heaven & Hell is under investigation after serving a D.C. man a Long Island Iced Tea that contained a bright yellow industrial cleaner in place of sweet and sour mix. Fox 5 reports that Leon Williams is threatening legal action against the club after ingesting a taste of alkaline-based Foam-Brite Condenser Coil Cleaner. “It’s almost like you are smelling ammonia – it’s just strong,” Williams told the news program. The Foam-Brite label recommends that the product should be diluted with at least four parts water and is not intended for use indoors. According to Fox, D.C. police did not bring charges and have referred the case to the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration. Owner Mahary Woldemariam told Fox that he personally made the drink, and it was an honest mix-up. [Fox 5]

Labor dispute at the Line

Several subcontractors responsible for construction work on the Line hotel in Adams Morgan — which houses restaurants from decorated chefs Erik Bruner-Yang and Spike Gjerde — are saying they’re still waiting to be paid for work that was completed as far back as four years ago. Washington City Paper reports that these claims range from $40,000 to more than $1 million, and it’s unclear whether development company Sydell Group or general contractor Walsh Group is responsible for the open tab. [WCP]

Ivy City whiskey

New Columbia Distillers, the Ivy City company that makes Green Hat gin, is planning to release its first rye whiskey in December. DCist reports that Green Hat Straight Rye will produce about 500 bottles after a three-year aging process in two 53-gallon charred oak barrels. [DCist]

Beer money

Red Bear Brewing Company, which claims to be Washington’s only 100 percent gay-owned brewery, has exceeded a $10,000 fundraising goal on Kickstarter. The Frozen Tropics blog points out that Red Bear’s campaign has already raised more than $13,000. According to its Kickstarter site, the craft brewery from the team of Simon Bee, Bryan Van Den Oever, and Cameron Raspet is aiming to open in February at the Uline Arena development that houses the REI in NoMa. [Frozen Tropics]

Cava in College Park

University of Maryland students will soon be able to fill up on Mediterranean bowls from local fast-casual chain Cava. The Hyattsville Wire reports that the new location will open in a former Radio Shack in the College Park Shopping Center on November 20. However, Cava reached out to Eater to say it has not confirmed a November 20 opening. The brand does plan to open in College Park in the coming weeks.

Update: This post has been updated to include Cava’s response the Hyattsville Wire report.

[Hyattsville Wire]