GREAT turnout Monday at the Alcohol Control Board – THANKS to everyone who helped make it happen!

Photo from the ABC Roll Call Hearing, Nov 30
Photo from the ABC Roll Call Hearing, Nov 30 via Twitter user @DrewCourt


I am so happy to report that we had a GREAT turnout of residents on Monday morning at the Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board hearing to protest the proposed liquor license at 2066 Rhode Island Avenue NE. We must have had over 25 people there in person, and there was no question from the ABC Board that we were ‘granted standing’ as a protest group. Our original petition came in with over 200 signatures and we turned in 95 of the additional sheets we were asking folks to sign (to officially designate a representative of the group).

Folks who would know have told me these are fantastic numbers. A huge THANK YOU to everyone who signed a petition, went door-to-door, printed/dropped off petitions and letters, and/or attended any meetings. This has been a great team effort of concerned residents stepping up, and while it’s far from over, it’s also a good time to acknowledge all the work that has already been done.

The next step is that the Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) Board asks the two sides to go into mediation. If the two sides can’t come to an agreement in mediation, then it goes to a final protest hearing. The first mediation is set for December 17 and I (Nolan) will be representing the group but I’ll also be looking to bring a small crew to make sure we’ve got all our bases covered. We’ll then have a Status Hearing, where we’ll go before the actual ABC Board and update them on how the mediation is going. Finally, if the mediation fails, the final protest hearing will tentatively take place January 27 at 4:30 PM. The Protest Hearing is where we’ll be asking everyone who is able to come out.

I’ve also learned this week that Councilmember McDuffie is sending a letter to the ABC Board in opposition of this establishment. If you’re interested you can read my letter to the ABC Board detailing my concerns here (PDF).

It was very inspiring to see the community out in force and I’m hopeful this means we can win our case and deny this nightclub (“tavern”) a liquor license.


2066 Rhode Island Ave Liquor License Protest FAQ and Next Steps

Thanks all who were able to make it out on Wednesday night. I know the late notice prevented some from making it, but we will catch you up!

At the meeting I handed out a somewhat comprehensive FAQ (PDF) on the whole situation and the protest, but let highlight some next steps and important points:

  • MAKE SURE YOU’VE SIGNED ONE OF THE OFFICIAL PETITIONS – Signing the petition is the only way to certify yourself as a protestant and be able to testify at the final protest hearing.
  • MARK YOU CALENDAR FOR MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30 AT 10:00 AM – This is the Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) Roll Call hearing and we’re trying to get a good turnout so that we can show the ABC Board that the community is strongly opposed to this liquor license
  • Come out tomorrow, Saturday, November 14 at 11:00 AM for about an hour as we canvass the area around SIP. We’re meeting at Good Food Market  at11am and we’ll focus on the block of Irving between 18th and 20th to get those folks signed on to the petition.
  • Get signatures on your own! If you want to get some signatures on your own, you can download a PDF of the official petition here. Just please make sure that either Kevin or myself have any petition signatures by this Sundaynight (Monday is the day we’ll be turning them in)
  • Do you know a notary in the neighborhood who would help with this project? We’ll need one to help us out in the coming months.

Thanks to everyone who has stepped up to help with this effort. Despite the circumstances, it is great to see neighbors coming out and working together. I believe that we will win!