The Week Ahead….Ben’s Chili Bowl Applies for H Street Liquor License
by Larry Janezich
September 16, Monday
POSTPONED ANC6a Transportation Committee meets at 7:00pm at Sherwood Recreation Center. On the agenda: an update on the trolley car system.
POSTPONED ANC 6a Community Outreach Committee meets at 7:30pm at Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith Annex, 1233 C Street, NE.
On the agenda: Discussion of fence installed by Options PCS, restricting access to public basketball court behind the school – adjacent Kingsman Field and Kingsman Dog Park, 1300 block of D St. NE.
September 17, Tuesday
ANC6a ABC Committee meets at 7:00pm at Sherwood Recreation Center, 10th and G, NE
On the agenda: Liquor license renewals for The Queen Vic at 1206 H Street NE (Class “C” Tavern), Atlas Arcade/Church and State at 1236 H Street NE (Class “C” Tavern), and Twelve (XII) Restaurant and Lounge at 1123-1125 H Street.
Consideration of liquor license for Ben’s Chili Bowl/Ben’s Upstairs at 1001 H Street NE (Class “C” Restaurant). Representatives from Ben’s Chili Bowl gave an update to ANC6a last Tuesday, stressing their efforts to be good neighbors and to minimize the impact of construction on the neighborhood. According to the ABC Poster, Ben’s Chili Bowl will serve “American style food with 191 seats and occupancy load of 266. Summer Garden with 44 seats. Sidewalk café with 38 seats. No entertainment. No dancing….” Hours of operations inside, and on the outside sidewalk café and summer garden: Sunday through Thursday, 6:00am – 2:00am and Friday & Saturday, 6:00am and 4:00am. Hours of alcoholic beverages, sales/service/consumption inside premise, outside sidewalk café and summer garden: Sunday through Thursday, 8:00am – 2:00am and Friday & Saturday, 8:00am – 3:00am. It should be noted that it is routine to list the maximum hours of operation allowed on the application. The actual hours of operation are usually limited according to a Settlement Agreement reached with ANC6a. The H Street location could be open as soon as late spring – early summer of 2014. Last week, Ben’s Chili Bowl announced it is expanding to a third location in Rosslyn, Virginia.
ANC6b Zoning Regulation Task Force meets at 7:00pm in Hill Center Zoning to review proposals to rewrite zoning regulations. The Zoning Commission has announced a series of hearings which will occur this fall.
CHRS Board of Directors meets at 6:30pm in Capitol Townhouses
September 18, Wednesday
ANC6a Economic Development Committee meets at 7:00pm at Sherwood Recreation Center, 10th and G, NE.
On the agenda: Lincoln Park United Methodist Church at 1301 North Carolina Ave, NE, seeks approval to put antenna and screening existing church.
ANC6b Outreach & Constituent Services Task Force meets at 7:00pm at Hill Center. The main agenda item is the Task Force’ draft public safety report
The Capitol Hill Restoration Society Preservation Cafe series meets at 6:30pm at Ebenezers Coffee House, 2nd and F Streets, NE, to hear Mike Canning present his book, Hollywood on the Potomac. The book offers a comprehensive look at how DC has been portrayed in American feature films. The event is free and open to the public.
September 19, Thursday
PSA 108 Meets at Liberty Baptist Church, 527 Kentucky Avenue, SE, with Lt. Fowler, MPD, and presents an opportunity for residents to talk to MPD about the spike in breakins on Capitol Hill the past two months.
CHRS Membership Forum meets at 7:00pm at Hill Center to hear a presentation entitled “Preservation and Sustainability.” DC Historic Preservation officials show how through solar, reuse, appropriate materials and practices preservation can go hand in hand with sustainability. The event is free and open to the public.
September 21, Saturday
H Street Festival from noon – 7:00pm. The festival will take place from the 400 block to the 1400 block of H Street, NE. For additional information, please visit http://www.hstreet.org
Humanities Council of Washington, DC House History Workshops will be held from
Two House History Workshops will be held at Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW in the Washingtoniana Division (3rd Floor). Session I: 10:00am – 12:30pm and Session II: 12:30pm – 3:00 pm. This year’s House History Workshop will guide community historians, of any skill or knowledge level, through the DC Public Library Washingtoniana Division’s collections. Participants will learn how to research the history of their own home or any other historical property.
Day of the Dog event at Congressional Cemetery from 10:am to 3:00pm. Activities for both people and their dogs, including contests, games, demonstrations, etc. Local pet vendors and services will also be present, as well as pet adoption agencies and shelters with dogs and cats ready for adoption.