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Gordon told the committee his lawyers recommended he appear before the CDC because he was planning to change the arrangement of the tables and chairs on the patio. The CDC is not empowered to manage outdoor cafes to this level of detail, he was informed.
Committee members asked Gordon why he had closed Bar di Bari.
"It was a daytime concept in a nighttime area," Gordon replied.
Red Light Dessert Bar will be more of a nighttime spot, he added.
The establishment is scheduled to open in April and will have 27 seats inside and 18 places at a bar. It gained some publicity because of its planned red-light-district theme -- a reference to 14th Street's "colorful past". Read more coverage of Red Light Dessert Bar from Eater DC here, and Washington City Paper here.