Nooshi and Moby Dick Get Go Ahead on Barracks Row from ANC6b

Nooshi and Moby Dick Get Go Ahead on Barracks Row from ANC6b

Moratorium Proponents Withdraw Protest

by Larry Janezich

ANC6b Meets on Nooshi/Moby Dick

At Tuesday night’s ANC6b meeting new ABC Committee Chair Carol Green announced that voluntary operating agreements had been reached between Barracks Row neighbors, ANC6b ABC representatives, and the restaurant owners.  Barracks Row neighbors announced this afternoon that are withdrawing their protest against liquor licenses for the two restaurants and will settle for the voluntary agreements, citing the likelihood that the ANC would withdraw their protest against the licenses.  This should clear the way for approval of the license applications by the Alcohol Beverage Regulatory Administration.

Last fall, ANC6b voted to protest the liquor licenses for reasons of peace, order, and quiet; adverse effect on residents’ property values; and over concentration.

Negotiations among the stakeholders resulted in concessions from the restaurateurs:  earlier closing hours (midnight Friday and Saturday and 11:00pm Sunday through Thursday – the outdoor cafe will close nightly at 11:00 pm), a privacy screen will be installed at rear of the roof deck, mechanical elements on the roof will be screened, valet parking will be used, and patrons and employees will be encouraged to use the freeway parking lot.  In addition, the owners also agreed to reduce Nooshi’s capacity by 40 (from 160 to 120) and Moby Dick’s outdoor patio capacity by six.(105 inside and outside to 99 inside and out).

Commissioner Dave Garrison commended Green for reaching an agreement allowing the process to move forward, but stated that he will continue to oppose the license because the total number of patrons, though reduced, is still a problem.  In addition, he said, the over concentration issue has not changed.

Cmmissioner Oldenburg, in contrast, after having earlier opposed the licenses, said she would vote for the voluntary agreements

The voluntary agreements were subsequently approved, 9 – 1.

Those voting for:  Chair Neil Glick, Commissioners Campbell, Critchfield, Flahaven, Frishberg, Green, Metzger, Oldenburg and Pate.

Those opposed:  Commissioner Garrison.

The protesting neighbors, organized as The Hill United by Yoonmee Chang, Helene Quick and others, stated that they would continue to protest a liquor license for Pacifico, the new restaurant proposed by Xavier Cervera for the location now occupied by Capitol Videos.

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3 responses to “Nooshi and Moby Dick Get Go Ahead on Barracks Row from ANC6b

  1. Dan

    Hooray, I think both of these places will be great additions to the Hill.

  2. Max

    Why was this even an issue? And why would they want to reduce the restaurants capacity? That is nonsensical. By limiting restaurant capacity, they only create demand for… MORE RESTAURANTS, which for some reason the ANC thinks is bad.

    The ANC moratorium advocates are threatening to kill the area. Barracks Row isn’t turning into the next Adams Morgan, it is turning into the next Bethesda. Property values are rising, the neighborhood is becoming more desirable. The ANC needs to get out of the way.

  3. Max,

    Let me just flag a few facts in response to your frustration with the ANC – as an ANC Comissioner.

    1. The draft recommendation from the Retail Mix Taskforce is currently clear in its opposition to a moratorium.
    2. No Commissioner has stepped forward, thus far to support a moratorium.
    3. I have published a piece in the Hill Rag stating my own clear opinion that there will be no moratorium and I do not support a moratorium.
    4. The commission did essentially switch gears on several of these licences from where the previous commission has been.

    All that is to say that I think there is more support for your points than you are representing. That said, the ANC cannot “get out of the way.” It is our official role to be advising on this and more to the point, I think the Nooshi and Moby Dick cases are good examples of how we can help mediate what was a very contentious dispute and develop agreements that are mutually beneficial to neighbors, the community and the businesses.