Meanwhile, It’s Business as Usual at the PA Avenue Starbucks
by Larry Janezich
Business as usual apparently includes a casual attitude toward trash and garbage disposal now undergoing scrutiny on Barracks Row. Starbuck’s evidently has not picked up on clues dropped by residents across the street who recently appeared before ANC6b’s ABC Committee to express their concern about rodent problems associated with restaurants in the 300 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, the former Thai Roma apparently being the source of much of the problem. To their credit, the Mendelsohn family – currently operating three of the restaurants on the block, including the recently opened Bearnaise in the space formerly occupied by Thai Roma, have gone the extra mile in installing new equipment and contracting with pest control businesses to address concerns of neighbors. The extra measures were encouraged by ANC6b’s ABC Committee when the issue came before them last month when Bearnaise sought renewal of it’s liquor license, which the Committee made contingent upon signing of a Settlement Agreement with the neighbors.