Nooshi and Moby Dick Get Go Ahead on Barracks Row from ANC6b
Moratorium Proponents Withdraw Protest
by Larry Janezich
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.