Barracks Row Serbian Restaurant Ambar Plans Roof Deck Expansion
by Larry Janezich
At Tuesday night’s ANC6B’s Planning and Zoning Committee meeting, Gayll Worsley of W+W Associates Architects Pc, presented her design concept for Ambar’s planned rooftop deck with a retractable glass roof. Pending before the committee was Ambar’s Historic Preservation Application, the first step in gaining city approval to proceed with the project. The plan anticipates table seating for 48, plus an additional 5 at a bar.
The Alcohol Beverage Committee (ABC) Committee chair Chander Jayaraman pressed the architect to incorporate indoor trash storage in accordance with ANC6B’s policy of encouraging existing restaurants to adopt best operating practices regarding rodent control and noise and odor abatement when substantial renovations are undertaken . Worsley was amenable to addressing the issue of indoor trash storage. The Planning and Zoning committee is currently considering a Historic Preservation application – the first step in gaining city approval for the expansion. Technically, the indoor trash storage issue will come back before the ANC through its ABC Committee when the committee considers the restaurant’s request for substantial change in the alcohol license which the addition will entail. Meanwhile, the Planning and Zoning deferred action on the Historic Preservation Application until the meeting of the full Commission on March 14, pending modification of the design concept.