The Park at Fourteenth Closed for 96 Hours After Bathroom Fight Cover-Up


Hours after we posted that The Park at Fourteenth (920 14th Street NW) was closed for an unknown reason, the Washington Post figured it out.

According to the newspaper, D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier temporarily shut down the McPherson Square venue after it tried to cover up a fight that happened in the bathroom.

Lanier said the victim, who was intoxicated, had bumped repeatedly into the person who hit him.

The attack occurred in a third-floor restroom about 2:40 a.m. Sunday, and the victim also hit his head on a door, police said. The victim, who was not named, suffered a head injury, police said.

The nightclub staff bandaged the victim’s head and escorted him out the back door “in a deliberate attempt to avoid being detected” by D.C. police officers, who were working at the front of the building, Lanier wrote. The nightclub staff also cleaned up the scene and failed to call 911 or notify police, she said.

The Park’s attorney told the paper: “Unfortunately it seems the chief’s office is doing these without doing the proper investigation.”

Still, The Park will be closed for 96 hours. As the temporary closure started Sunday, the venue should open just in time for their NBA Finals happy hour on Thursday.


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