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Shadow Room shuts down

Shadow Room, a nightclub on K Street, shut down this week. Hatchet file photo by Charlie Lee | Hatchet Staff Photographer.
Shadow Room, a nightclub on K Street, shut down this week. Hatchet file photo by Charlie Lee | Hatchet Staff Photographer.

Shadow Room, a K Street nightclub that was the target of neighborhood groups for years, has shut its doors.

Shadow Room, located at 2131 K St. NW, officially closed after its final event Tuesday night. To celebrate its supporters, the club hosted an event titled, “Shadowroom LIQUIDation: The Finale,” from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., according to the event’s Facebook page.

The nightclub’s closing was formally announced through a post on its Facebook page Wednesday.

“Thank you again to all that have supported Shadow Room over the years,” the post read. “Doors are officially closed forever. Long live the memories formed inside the velvet ropes.”

The owners of the nightclub did not immediately return multiple requests for comment.

Over the past few months, Shadow Room has been under fire for serving underage drinkers.

D.C.’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration fined the nightclub $5,000 in October after Metropolitan Police Department officers saw six underage minors with alcohol inside the club.

And a shooting occurred around the location of the club at about 3 a.m. on Oct. 10. Police arrested Michael Ansara Ferebee, 23, and Julius Bowens, 24, four days later for carrying a pistol without a license. The police report indicated that the incident was “club related.”

After the shooting, neighbors requested for Shadow Room to close. At an Foggy Bottom and West End Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting in October, commissioners passed a resolution calling for the closure of the club in an unanimous vote.

Earlier this year, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board agreed to renew the club’s liquor license as long as they had police stationed there for at least four hours every night. Shadow Room previously tried to appeal a court decision requiring them to have police presence at the club after a decade-long legal battle.

Peter Sacco, the executive director of the commission, said at a previous ANC meeting that Shadow Room disregarded hiring a police detail until after the shooting.

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