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Dispute Between Serendipity 3 Owners Ends in Arrest

Relations seem pretty sour between partners at the Georgetown dessert destination.

Serendipity 3’s Golden Opulence sundae. Photograph by Scott Suchman.

Rumors of troubles at M Street restaurant Serendipity 3—home of the $1,000 sundae—have swirled for months, and a recent incident suggests they have not been exaggerated. According to DC’s Metropolitan Police Department, officers on May 1 arrested co-owner Charles Britton Swan at 3150 M Street, Northwest (the restaurant’s address) on simple assault and felony threat charges. A source inside the situation says Swan was arguing with his partner in the project, L2 Lounge owner Rodrigo Garcia, when Garcia called 911. The source says Garcia claimed he was being threatened with a deadly weapon, and that police arrived shortly after and arrested Swan, who also owns Sign of the Whale, Rhino Bar, and Modern.

According to the source, the two men are now splitting their time at the Georgetown restaurant, with Swan overseeing operations in the morning and until 4 PM each day and Garcia taking over after that. We have not yet been able to reach either Garcia or Swan for comment, and voicemail boxes at the restaurant were full. Stay tuned. 

  • Cookekent1988

    To whom it may concern,
    I was emailed this story recently , and knowing the kind of people you dealing with in regards to "The Marlena Ramallo Chamers Cooke family . I seriously don't believe this man Mr Britt Swan was in possession of a gun. What probably happened was Rodrigo Garcia, when he called the police he had a few of his low life friends around. And had them give the police officers a faulty story. So his two or three ""buddies" would lie , and the others would swear by it.
    But Marlena had to do something when purchasing "Serindipity" for Rodrigo to give him a bit of legitimacy. After all Marlena and her son Rodrigo are very desperate to get this marriage pushing forward w/ this young lady Erika. I understand she come from a very lovely family .
    That poor family has no idea what is in store for them if she moves forward with this wedding. I will not say another word about that, as we would then get involved in walking through some serious land mines.
    I also feel sorry for who ever the other partners are that got involved in that business deal w/ Rodrigo Garcia, besides Mr Britt Swan, as these people ( marlena's family don't play by the rules . They make them up as they go along to suit what ever is in their best interest! Even if it means to lie , cheat and steal......
    Lesson learned when u see these snake charmers coming down the street , JUST PUT ON YOUR BEST RUNNING SHOES AND RUN DON'T WALK!!!!!

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