Hine Development Finally Lands Major Restaurant
by Larry Janezich
We’re short on details, but a new restaurant is coming to the corner of 7th and C Streets, SE, catty corner from Eastern Market, with an indoor seating capacity of 230, a summer garden with 150 seats, and a total occupancy load of 400. The space is on the ground floor of the northwest corner of the Hine project. Since C Street has been privatized, the owners will not have to apply for a public space permit for the summer garden.
The liquor license applicant is asking for hours of operation for the summer garden, Sunday through Thursday 7:00am – 12am, Friday and Saturday 7am – 2am, and hours of alcoholic beverage sales, service, and consumption, Sunday through Thursday 8:00am – 12:00am, Friday and Saturday 8:00am – 2:00am.
More information should be forthcoming when the liquor license application comes before ANC6B’s Alcohol Beverage Control Committee, chaired by Chander Jayaraman, the first week of July. Objectors will be heard at the ABRA Roll Call Hearing on August 12. The Protest Hearing date is scheduled for October 9, 2019.
The owner(s) engaged Andrew Kline’s Veritas Law firm which specializes in representing hospitality clients in matters before the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. An attorney for the firm is listed as the applicant. In the past, applicants have engaged the firm when they anticipate push back from nearby neighbors.
The new restaurant will be the third announced this year for the development. Space for BRGZ – a hamburger joint with seating for 25 inside and 60 at the sidewalk café – is currently being built out directly across C Street. Likewise, The Eastern – an upscale wine bar seating 55 inside and 30 at the sidewalk cafe – is coming to the 300 block of 7th Street opposite Monmartre.