Heritage India retains liquor license with restrictions

A 34-year-old man was killed and five others were injured in a fight outside Heritage India on Nov. 27. (Photo: WJLA)

The Dupont Circle nightclub that was the scene of a violent fight last month will keep its liquor license. But the approval comes with several restrictions.

On Tuesday, the D.C. liquor board came to an agreement with the management of Heritage India to reopen on Dec. 21, but the establishment has agreed to a series of limitations in order to serve alcohol

The D.C. Liquor board suspended Heritage India's liquor license in the wake of the Nov. 27 incident, which left one person dead.

In that fight, 34-year-old Jhonte Coleman was shot and killed. Five others were injured in the incident, which ultimately left three people shot and three others stabbed.

As part of their reopening, Heritage India must give up their entertainment license, meaning that they must close every night by midnight. They're also required to sell food with alcohol.

The club also must come up with an acceptable security plan to reopen.

Members of the D.C. Council, including Jim Graham, immediately called for an investigation and the possible revocation of Heritage India's license to serve alcohol.

"The D.C. government might have been able to avoid this occurrence," Graham said.

Several days after the incident, the club's license was suspended on the grounds that the liquor board called the establishment an "imminent danger to the health and safety of the public."

The board said that the business could not come up with any surveillance video of the incident, nor did it follow standard security procedures by providing security staff with earpieces or metal detectors.