South East Neighborhood Library
Report and Recommendations
December 9, 2010
Commissioners in attendance: Mary Wright (chair), Carol Green, Kirsten Oldenburg, Ken Jarboe, Norman Metzger, Neil Glick and Dave Garrison. Bert Randolph, staff assistant, was also present.
ANC 6B’s ABC Committee met on Thursday, December 9, 2010 at the Southeast Library. The meeting began at approximately 7:20 PM. At 9 PM, the Committee moved the meeting over to the ANC 6B office at 703 D Street SE and completed its deliberations in public session at approximately 9:30 PM.
Renewal of license
The licenses for the following establishments are up for renewal:
Bullfeathers, Lic # ABRA-021165, CR 02,
Anthony Harris, owner, is seeking a license renewal with no changes. The Committee noted that, while the ABRA Investigations report showed several lapses in proper reporting, these had all occurred before the current owners acquired the establishment. There were no objections or concerns from the community. Thus, the ABC committee recommends that the ANC support the license renewal contingent upon a signed voluntary agreement
Annie & Teddy’s Po Boys, Lic # ABRA-0811522, 1400 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Since there was no representation from the establishments but no objections or concerns from the community, the ABC Committee recommends that the ANC take no position on their license renewal.
Pacificos, Lic # ABRA-086033, CR,
Applicant, Xavier Cervera, is seeking a new license for a Latin Tapas restaurant featuring contemporary cooking with an open kitchen and grill, and fresh baked breads. The interior would seat approximately 120 patrons and a sidewalk café would seat 30 patrons. The total occupancy load including the summer garden is 185. The proposed hours of sales for the interior, summer garden and sidewalk café are Sunday 10 a.m. -2:00 a.m., Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m., and Friday and Saturday 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 a.m.
Mr. Cervera submitted a petition of support with 300 signatures. While the majority of those who signed reside on Capitol Hill, few live within the immediate area of Barracks Row.
There were several members of the community in opposition of
the proposed restaurants citing an overconcentration of restaurants already on
Grounds for a protest include:
1) Adverse impact on peace, order, and quiet
2) Adverse impact of real property values
3) Adverse impact on residential parking and safety
4) Overconcentration of liquor licenses
Many community members believe that
Mr. Cervera acknowledged the parking concerns and recommended possible solutions to address the issue. The well-lit parking lot under the freeway offers 60 spaces. However, it is underutilized. Establishments could offer incentives like a free drink for using the parking lot. Another way to help offset limited parking would be to offer four hours of free parking for Ward 6 residents. Mr. Cervera is also willing to amend his application to shorten the hours for the summer garden. He also cited a Barracks Row study that 70% of Barracks Row customers are within walking distance to the establishments.
The ANC recognizes that this has been an on-going concern and in response formed a Retail Mix Task Force early in 2010. The Task Force is reviewing, among other things, a possible moratorium on liquor licenses.
The Committee discussed the extent to which adding this restaurant would further concentrate licensed establishments along Barracks Row. Several Committee members noted that Mr. Cervera’s current restaurants along Barracks Row are well run and maintained, that he has been a “good neighbor” and has made substantial contributions to the community.
The Committee remains concerned that additional restaurants
located along Barracks Row, especially in the 500 block of
Applicant, Mark Brody, is seeking a new CT license with an
entertainment endorsement for an upscale beer garden with European/American
food in a building to be newly constructed at the corner of 8th and
Committee members noted that the proposed new building would require a lengthy approval process from various agencies. The building would be in the historic district and thus would require full historic preservation review. Committee members expressed strong doubts that applicant would be able to complete all reviews and have the building up by early spring as proposed. Committee members noted that the newly proposed vision for the redevelopment of Lower 8th Street, also before the Commission this month, contemplates a more substantial use of this property than a beer garden, especially given that the site fronts directly on 8th Street.
Several Committee members expressed the desire that approval of this application be structured in such a way that the establishment could not be converted into a nightclub. The Committee discussed how a Voluntary Agreement might be structured to prevent a future nightclub, among other things by not limiting the scope of the requested entertainment endorsement.
The Committee acknowledges that proposed site for the tavern
is in an undeveloped area of