McFadden’s permanently closed after five people were stabbed
McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon, Irish pub dynasty of Foggy Bottom for the past 12 years, closed its doors after five people were stabbed on the evening of Dec. 27.
According to police and the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, there was a verbal fight between a few patrons until a knife came into the mix. Five people between the ages of 20 and 27 were aggressively stabbed and treated for multiple wounds at a nearby hospital.
The worst part of all: the assailant fled the scene before the police arrived.
According to Police Chief Cathy Lanier, the three security guards present that night had no experience with crowd control. When police arrived, they were only greeted by violent patrons, which one even struck an officer in the back.
McFadden’s staff were reluctant to provide investigative information to officers after the fight and failed to provide information until they were threatened with criminal charges.
“I find that continued operation of this establishment presents an imminent danger to the health and safety of the public,” wrote Lanier to the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration.
The Irish pub will find out on Jan. 28 from the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board if they can keep their liquor license so that it can be sold.
As for McFadden’s, from their grand opening on St. Patrick’s Day in 2003, D.C.’s finest youth from mainly GW students to the occasional Hoya, will dearly miss the one dollar beers and dance floor make outs that they didn’t remember in the morning.
Vox likes to live by the motto, “Nothing good ever happens after 2 am.” But unfortunately for McFadden’s it was only 1:05 am.
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