Georgetown alum Fritz Brogan chosen as NSSC pub manager
Yesterday afternoon, the University in conjunction with GUSA announced that Fritz Brogan (COL ’07) will be the manager for the new pub in New South Student Center. Brogan owns the popular student bar Mason Inn in Glover Park and belongs to a family with strong ties to the University.
19 different pub and restaurant providers were solicited for consideration for managing the pub, and the list was narrowed down by a group of administrators and students before Brogan was selected.
“Students were loud and clear that we want someone that understands what it’s like to be a student, what our needs are, how we want to make this place our own. Fritz, having been an incredibly involved student while he was here … and has been a strong alum … it really made sense for us,” said Chief Business Officer for University Services Debbie Morey. “We couldn’t have asked for a better partner.”
The design and atmosphere of the bar have not been decided on yet. While the bar will incorporate television screens for watching sporting events, Brogan will establish a design once he receives sufficient input from students.
“I’d say right now, it’s a blank slate,” he said. “This will be a place for students, by students. So we have a year before it opens, and over that year, we’ll have a lot of meetings, a lot of opportunities to give feedback, and I’m excited to work with these guys.” Brogan began his slate of meetings yesterday and met with the student leaders of the Corp as well as the student members of the food service committee. Bear in mind, though, that the word “Bro” is already in his name.
When asked how the NSSC will compete with area bars such as Tombs, Rhino, and his own Mason Inn, Brogan responded by saying that this establishment will have a leg up since it will admit 18+ students via a system of wristbands or hand stamps. “This won’t be a pub for students who are 21 up, this will be a pub for all students,” he said. Additionally, the bar will be located in close proximity to Georgetown sporting events and will feature panoramic views of the Potomac River.
GUSA’s letter of understanding with the administration requires that the pub serve beer, wine, and liquor on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. The details of its hours of operation and policies have yet to be worked out, however, since the establishment hasn’t yet obtained a liquor license. A committee of students, administrators, and operators of the pub will be formed to advise the operation of the bar.
The opening of a pub in the NSSC is one of the initiatives the University is undertaking in order to improve social life on campus as a result of last summer’s campus plan agreement. While NSSC and its pub won’t open until next year, the University and GUSA are taking other steps to improve Georgetown’s late-night options. Epicurean restaurant will be open 24 hours a day from May 1-19 for exam periods, then stay open till 2 a.m. over the summer.
“They’re looking at it as a business opportunity,” Vice President for Student Affairs Todd Olson said. “We’re looking at it as a win-win.”
It’ll definitely be an upgrade from the neighborhood’s current late-night cuisine, which involves the delicacy that is Tuscany’s pizza.
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