April 24, 2013 – A pub, dance studios, a café and other features will change the face of the campus in 2014 as part of the new Healey Family Student Center, which will add more than 44,000 square feet of student-centered space on campus.
F.B. “Fritz” Brogan III (C'07, L'10), a third-generation Georgetown graduate, will operate the pub. His father, Francis B. Brogan Jr. (B'71, L'74, LLM '77), and grandfather, Francis B. Brogan (C'29, M'33), are among numerous family members who have attended the university.
Fritz Brogan owns Mason Inn in Glover Park, frequently named as one of the best sports pubs in Washington, D.C. He is an investor in the Georgetown bar George, and recently opened an outdoor beer garden in Baltimore next to Orioles Park.
A New Tradition
“As a lifelong Hoya, I can't imagine anything more exciting than partnering with my alma mater to work with students on creating this new Georgetown tradition,” says Brogan, a former Georgetown football lineman. “This pub will be a testament to the collegiate Hoya spirit and provide a fun and vibrant atmosphere for students to enjoy on campus.”
The new student center’s other planned features include a “great room” with a central hearth and sweeping views of the Potomac, meeting rooms for clubs and group study sessions, a larger room for events and a dramatic south terrace overlooking Prospect Street and the river.
“The New South pub is a huge step forward in creating space for students to socialize on campus after dark,” says Nate Tisa (F'14), president of the Georgetown University Student Association. “We are thrilled that the new pub will be run by an alumnus and employ Georgetown undergraduates to truly make this place our own. We look forward to working with Fritz and the administration to build a pub that will be an important part of student life for generations to come.”
A recent graduate of Georgetown Law, Brogan is also an attorney who has worked extensively in federal and state government, most recently as a deputy chief of staff to Florida Gov. Rick Scott.
Brogan started his restaurant career as a student bartender at the Third Edition, a former bar on Wisconsin Avenue.
As an undergraduate, he was a student representative to the Athletic Advisory Board, the College Executive Committee and the College Admissions Committee. He chaired the 2007 Senior Class Gift Committee.
“Fritz knows Georgetown well, and this new venture will be a great connection between a loyal alumnus and today's students,” says Todd Olson, vice president for student affairs. “The pub will be an inviting new social center for students and will be one of the key elements that will make our new student center so lively and engaging. I am excited about working with Fritz, our students, and colleagues across campus as we bring the Healey Family Student Center to life.”
He has remained active as a member of his alumni class committee and as a member of the steering committee of the Georgetown Letterwinners Society, Georgetown Athletics’ official recognition initiative for alumni who have earned the university’s athletic letter for competing on a varsity team or serving in a managerial capacity.
A proud supporter of Georgetown athletics, he was a member of the Georgetown basketball delegation to China in 2011.
Brogan says he’s excited to work with students on finalizing the pub’s design, programming and menu.
The pub will have multiple televisions to showcase sporting events and may feature a separate walk-up counter so students can order food to go without entering the pub. Brogan stressed how important student feedback is to the project, and notes that students will be able to vote on aspects of the pub operation.
“The pub will offer a variety of employment opportunities for Georgetown students,” he says, “and will be the place to cheer on Hoya Athletics as we enter the new Big East conference.”
Current Late Night Options
While the new pub and student center won’t open until next year, the university has taken steps to improve this year’s late night options.
One of the campus’ restaurants, Epicurean, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from May 1-19.
“Giving students an additional on-campus place to eat, socialize and study during exams and senior week was important,” says Margie Bryant, associate vice president for auxiliary services.
Epicurean also will be open until 2 a.m. this summer, and expects to offer extended hours when students return in the fall.