Category Archives: Alcohol

ANC 2B to Host Community Meeting Regarding Safeway’s Alcohol License Application

ANC 2B will host an upcoming community meeting regarding Safeway’s application for a Retailer’s Class “B” Grocery Store license at 1701 Corcoran Street NW. The meeting will include a discussion regarding issues that neighbors would like to see addressed in a possible settlement agreement with the establishment.

The meeting will be on Monday, August 14th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the ballroom of the Chastleton, 1701 16th Street NW.

Please reach out to Commissioner Stephanie Maltz if you have any questions regarding this meeting.

Update Regarding ANC 2B’s Protest of Dacha Beer Garden’s Liquor License Application

Hello neighbors,

ANC 2B would like to provide an update regarding the status of the ANC’s protest of the liquor license application for Dacha Beer Garden at 1740 14th Street NW. At the ANC’s regular June meeting on June 14th, the ANC voted to protest Dacha Beer Garden’s license application based on the negative impact that the establishment would have on nearby residences. While the establishment is located in ANC 2F, along the ANC’s border with ANC 2B, our ANC was able to protest the application because the establishment would be located within 600 feet of our ANC.

Unfortunately, due to an administrative error on the ANC’s part, the ANC was unable to submit the protest resolution by the filing deadline for the application, which was Monday, June 19th. Thus, the ANC will not be able to be recognized by the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board as a protestant for the application.

The ANC would like to assure neighbors that the ANC will continue to be involved in the protest process as the application continues to be considered by the ABC Board. Based on representations from the applicant’s legal counsel, the ANC will work alongside our colleagues on ANCs 1B and 2F, which have both filed protests of Dacha Beer Garden’s application, to represent the interests of our constituents throughout the protest process, including in a potential mediation process. Additionally, the ANC has submitted a resolution to the ABC Board in support of ANC 2F’s protest, a copy of which can be found here.

We sincerely apologize for this error. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this matter, please reach out to Commissioner Scott Davies, who will continue to represent ANC 2B throughout the protest process for Dacha Beer Garden’s application.


Peter Sacco
Executive Director
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B

ANC 2B Resolution on future of West Dupont Moratorium Zone

The following resolution was passed at the May 13th meeting of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B 4-2-1.

Whereas Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B (ANC 2B) appointed a Working Group on the West Dupont Liquor License Moratorium Zone at the January 12th meeting of the Commission; and

Whereas the Working Group held three public meetings regarding the future of the moratorium, conducted an online questionnaire, and reached out to neighbors over three months; and

Whereas the Working Group recommended the ANC should not extend the moratorium due to the desire to spur economic development, the potential for perverse economic incentives, and to encourage good business; and

Whereas ANC 2B recognizes the divisive nature of conversation regarding liquor licenses and the published intent to remove the moratorium led to more public involvement than was received during the working group process; and

Whereas ANC 2B believes the negative impacts of liquor selling establishments are contingent on operating practices and proximity to residential units rather than the Alcohol Beverage Regulatory Administration (ABRA) license classification system; and

Whereas ANC 2B acknowledges the long history of West Dupont as a mixed use neighborhood with apartments, condominiums, and late night businesses located next to each other; and

Whereas ANC 2B recognizes the amenities and availability of late night food service and entertainment options are what drives many neighbors to choose living in Dupont Circle; and

Whereas ANC 2B acknowledges late night amenities are often paired with late night problems—including the disruption of resident sleep due to disregard for peace, order, and quiet—ANC 2B believes these problems are based on the operating behavior of business owners, attentiveness of Metropolitan Police Department patrols, and effectiveness of ABRA and Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) enforcement of noise ordinances; and

Whereas ANC 2B finds the negative impacts of some late night liquor selling establishments are managed ineffectually through the current MPD, ABRA, and DCRA enforcement mechanisms, and

Whereas the West Dupont Moratorium provides a limit on quantity of liquor licenses, it does not offer protection against the negative operating practices of businesses disturbing residential peace including through amplified noise and base music which pierces through residential windows; and

Whereas within the moratorium zone there is a statutory limit of two Class A licenses, three Class B licenses, three CX (multipurpose, such as The Phillips Collection or Cosmos Club) licenses, six CT (tavern) licenses, and zero CN (nightclub) licenses; and

Whereas among the statutory limit of liquor licenses, all are currently in operation except for one Class B license and two CT licenses; and

Whereas ANC 2B believes licenses for off-premises consumption of alcohol—Class An and Class B licenses—are not drivers of peace, order, and quiet violations; and

Whereas multipurpose licenses are only available for venues serving alcohol at special events such as the Phillips Collection, O Street Mansion, and Cosmos Club; and

Whereas the differences between a restaurant, tavern, and nightclub license are based on a scale of food service and entertainment where restaurants are required to serve food up to two hours before closing and have revenue of $2,000 or more in food service per occupant based on Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) board certified certificate of occupancy or receive at least 50% of their revenue from food service while taverns and nightclubs have no food service requirement; and

Whereas restaurants and taverns may request endorsements for entertainment and dance floors above 140 square feet, nightclubs are granted an entertainment endorsement and a dance floor of unlimited size based on the virtue of their license, and may offer entertainment by nude performers; and

Whereas lifting the moratorium in its entirety would allow nightclubs to enter West Dupont while West Dupont has not had a nightclub for at least twenty years; and

Whereas the addition of a nightclub to West Dupont would be disruptive to the peace, order, and quiet of our and any mixed use neighborhood based on the guaranteed entertainment endorsements and lack of food service inherent in the license class.

Therefore be it RESOLVED while ANC 2B can endorse the Working Group’s report to not request and extension on Class A, B, X, and T (liquor store, beer and wine store, multipurpose license such as the Phillips Collection or Cosmos Club, and tavern) licenses—in addition to the current lack of limitation on restaurant licenses—ANC 2B cannot support the recommendation to lift a moratorium on nightclub licenses.

Be it further RESOLVED ANC 2B 
the ABC Board 
renewal of 
 action, with a modification so the moratorium is solely a continuation of the limitation on CN (nightclub) establishments in the same geographic region as the current moratorium zone; in this petition; ANC 2B will request the ABC Board lift the restriction on quantity of Class A, B, X, and T licenses similar to the lifting of Class R (restaurant) licenses in 2011.

Be it further RESOLVED that ANC 2B work with ABRA, the ABRA noise task-force, the Metropolitan Police Department, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, and the Zoning Commission, neighbors, businesses, and other stakeholders to codify a city-wide restriction on nightclubs next to residential buildings and residential buildings next to nightclubs so that three years from now, the blunt instrument of a moratorium zone will no longer be needed to protect residents in West Dupont.

Be it further RESOLVED the ANC’s South of the Circle Working Group be expanded to include the area encompassed by the West Dupont Moratorium Zone.

West Dupont Moratorium Zone Recommendation

Please note updated location of the April 27th special meeting

After three months of discussion, the West Dupont Liquor License Moratorium Zone Working Group has recommended a course of action for the ANC. The working group recommends further loosening the moratorium, eliminating the moratorium on all license types. The working group’s report is located here and will inform discussion at the April 27th special meeting of the ANC.

A copy of the working group’s questionnaire is located here.

West Dupont Moratorium Zone meetings tonight and Saturday 2/28

Please join ANC 2B’s West Dupont Liquor License Moratorium Zone Working Group to discuss the tradeoffs and your beliefs about a potential extension of the moratorium. The Working Group will be seeking public comment this evening (Wednesday 2/25) 7-9PM at the Church of the Pilgrims community room.

Due to snow last weekend, the Working Group is calling another meeting for Saturday, 2/28, 3-5PM at the Dupont Circle Resource Center, 9 Dupont Circle NW.

We are eager for your thoughts! If you can’t make a meeting, please fill out our online questionnaire. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Working Group Chair Commissioner Daniel Warwick.