Known for wild parties, scantily clad promotions girls and Irish flair, McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon wants to become a GWorld vendor, a University official confirmed this week.
Steven Nichols, deputy director of the GWorld card program, said a review committee of administrators will decide if the restaurant will be allowed to accept GWorld as a form of payment.
This is not the first time McFadden’s has tried to join the program, Nichols said, adding the application has never been submitted to the official GWorld review committee before. In previous attempts, the application and the GWorld office’s investigation did not provide sufficient evidence that McFadden’s offered enough food – as GWorld cannot be used to pay for alcohol – to add the restaurant.
But, with a new management team, plans to expand the menu and offer a weekend brunch, McFadden’s application will be submitted for review this week, Nichols said.
In addition to Nichols, the review board consists of GW’s Managing Director of Campus and Support Services Nancy Haaga, Assistant Director of Campus and Support Services Christine Fischer Kithcart, Managing Director of the GWorld Program Ken Pimentel, Executive Director of the Student Activities Center Tim Miller, lawyers from the Office of the General Counsel, and representatives from housing programs, student life, and the budget office.
“As long as the GWorld sales are for food, they do have a shot of becoming a GWorld vendor,” Nichols said, adding that McFadden’s meets the four other requirements for becoming a vendor. It is a D.C. establishment, a restaurant or services provider and is not a tattoo parlor. It also serves food.
Management at McFadden’s confirmed they have submitted a request and said they are hopeful it will be approved.
“We want students to be able to come in and get lunch,” manager Alex Blecki said.
While most students know McFadden’s as a bar, the restaurant has a food menu and opens Tuesday through Sunday at 11:30 a.m. for lunch.
McFadden’s Web site describes the “ambiance” of the restaurant as “casual dining with a rocking nightlife.”
If McFadden’s were to be brought into the GWorld program, they would have to sign a contract with BbOne – the company that manages the University’s contracts with vendors – prohibiting them from accepting GWorld as a payment for alcohol.
While Nichols said there is no device set up to stop vendors from collecting GWorld money for liquor, restaurants do not often get violations for it because the sale would cause them to be suspended or removed from their contract. Nichols said he could remember no restaurants that have been removed from the program because of alcohol infractions.
“It is in the vendors’ best interest not to do it,” Nichols said. “They want the revenue from the card.”
The GWorld program also uses secret shoppers at all vendors that sell alcohol to ensure the vendor is not accepting GWorld for alcohol, Nichols said.