ANC6b Likely to Lawyer Up on 8th Street Bar and Grill Protest – Barracks Row Restaurant News – ANC Briefs
by Larry Janezich
8th Street Bar and Grill
On March 23, the Alcohol Beverage Review Administration (ABRA) will hold a protest hearing on the application for a CT (tavern) license for the 8th Street Bar and Grill, whose prospective owners hope to open in place of Capitol Hill Sporting Goods at 727 8th Street, SE. At its November 9, 2010, meeting, ANC 6b voted 10-0 to protest the application for the new tavern license.
The applicants have been muttering about litigation. ANC6b will likely seek legal assistance to help represent the ANC in support of its protest of the application for the tavern license. The ABC committee will consider the issue at next Thursday’s meeting.
There is a strong antipathy against new tavern licenses on Barrack Row since a tavern license permits live music, dancing, and late hours. The application for the 8th Street Bar and Grill states that the venue would permit dancing and five piece bands, and provide occupancy for up to 66. Sale of alcoholic beverages would extend until 2:00am Sunday through Thursday and until 3:00am on weekends – entertainment until 12:30am during the week and until 1:30am on weekends.
Both the ANC ABC Committee and the full ANC will review at their next meetings, the voluntary agreement negotiated with Xavier Cervera, the owner of the prospective new Barracks Row restaurant, Pacificos, slated for the space now occupied by Capitol Hill Video. The voluntary agreement was reportedly negotiated between the ANC ABC Chair Carol Greene and Cervera, after neighbors organized as Capitol Hill United decided to continue their protest against Pacificos withdrawing protests against the liquor licenses for new restaurants Nooshi and Moby Dick. Cervera appeared prepared to take his chances with ABRA despite the protest. There was a late report that those neighbors protesting the license were meeting Tuesday night.
Senart’s Oyster House
The ANC Planning and Zoning Committee and the full ANC will consider at their next meetings, the public space application by Xavier Cervera for tables and chairs to seat 16 on the sidewalk outside the soon-to-be-opened Senart’s Oyster House. Cervera and Karl and Carrol Kindle recently donated a large street clock to the Barracks Row streetscape to occupy a position outside the restaurant.
New Wine Bar Across from Eastern Market
Also on the agenda of the Planning and Zoning Committee and the full ANC for their next meeting, is the Historic Preservation Application for a new restaurant planned for the space currently occupied by Le Petite Gourmet, at 424 7th Street, SE. Xavier Cervera plans a 40 foot long one story addition that will extend to the alley. Reportedly, no agreement has yet been reached with the current lease holder for the space, or with Stanton Development, the owner of the building. The Hill Rag, another Stanton tenant occupying the building’s second floor, will apparently remain.
The ANC ABC Committee meets on March 3, 2011, at 7:00pm at the Southeast Neighborhood Library.
The ANC Planning and Zoning Committee meets March 1, 2011, at 6:30pm at the Caesar Chavez Public Charter school at 714-722 11th Street, SE.
The full ANC meets March 8, 2011, at 6:30pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of LDS, 522 7th Street, SE.
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