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The Reef reaches agreement with D.C. to reopen in Adams Morgan after stabbing

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WASHINGTON (WJLA) - A popular Adams Morgan bar could be close to reopening after a compromise was reached between the bar owners and the city.

Police Chief Cathy Lanier ordered The Reef to close after a stabbing inside the bar in the early hours of August 10. And its liquor license was suspended.

The neighborhood has had its share of crime, especially when area bars close in the early morning hours. But an attack inside The Reef has some customers concerned.

"Truthfully, it's a nice place. Fishtanks on the inside, really nice. Good music, nice people," says Chris Carter, a bar patron.

But now, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has a tentative deal with owner Brian Harrison, allowing The Reef to reopen. The bar would have to retrain its security personnel in controlling aggressive patrons, preventing alcohol consumption by minors, even preserving a crime scene.

Erica Henderson celebrated her 21st birthday at The Reef. She wonders if conditions of the agreement, which includes new security cameras, will turn some patrons off.

"I feel pretty bad, because it's pretty popular. Been around awhile, like a D.C.-Adams Morgan institution," Henderson says.

The bar would also have to electronically scan all IDs and come up with a detailed plan of security protocols.

"It's going to be inconvenient, might be a hassle people don't want to go though," says Seth Tobar of Bethesda.

But authorities have made it pretty clear, this is the price the bar will have to pay to reopen.

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