In January of last year, the double lot at the corner of Chew and Meehan Avenues in Germantown housed in one half B&E Ingram Lounge, a bar that had long since become a nuisance in the neighborhood, and in the other half an abandoned shell of a home that could boast neither permanent occupants nor windows. The building was an eyesore, the bar and its customers a headache, and neighbors wanted the whole thing knocked down.

Jordan Parisse