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News | HR-57 update: Reopening further delayed by gov’t ‘foot dragging;’ final inspection set for Thurs.

Note to our readers: We regret that this article contradicts much of what was reported in our previous post on the reopening of HR-57. We are working to report on this story as it develops. Below you’ll find an explanation of how and why the story has changed.

A view of the interior at the old HR-57 location. Giovanni Russonello/CapitalBop

by Giovanni Russonello
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It turns out the long wait for HR-57′s reopening won’t end this week after all.

Despite our reports to the contrary, HR manager Rafael Puesan and Jimmy “Junebug” Jackson – a drummer who has worked closely with club management during the move – told me today that the reopening date they had been shooting for, this Wednesday, was being pushed back. But Jackson said a final property inspection by the D.C. government is scheduled for Thursday, so the big day can’t be too far away.

“The D.C. government’s dragging their feet,” Jackson told me, lamenting that bureaucratic red tape has forced the club to postpone the opening of its new location on H St. NE for over two months. “The only thing you can do is get mad, and that ain’t gonna help anything.” Continue reading