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Poll: Should Just 5 People Be Allowed to Protest a Liquor License?

19 Jun

Two polls have been created calling for an end to Advisory Neighborhood Commissions’ power to shut down businesses and drive jobs out of DC.

One was created by Bruce Majors, running for Congress this November against Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and can be found here:
The other is on the very good  local downtown news and commentary website Borderstan.  Here’s the first paragraph and a link (the Borderstan peeps prefer that you read it there):
From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]
News of licensing agreements about local businesses and the city’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board has been rocking area websites and newsfeeds for more than a week. Hank’s Oyster Bar, a local restaurant just off the 17th Street corridor, was forced to shut down half of its outdoor patio on June 8 due to a pending review of an ABC Board decision approving termination of the Voluntary Agreement (V.A.) with six area residents; two of the original six protestants filed the appeal. The hearing was held last Wednesday, but nothing has resulted (as of yet) from the battle between a handful of local residents and the local business.
Reader Poll: What’s your opinion? Should a minimum of five residents or property owners be allowed to file a protest against liquor license application that then goes before the city’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board — or should that number be increased? Take our reader poll. We will share the results later this week.

How many residents should DC law require to protest a liquor license application? (Luis Gomez Photos)

RAMW Urges Graham to Reform Liquor Law Licensing

18 Jun
We’ve been re-posting articles covering various DC area food freedom battles, many from the Washington Blade and the City Paper, often about the plight of Hank’s, for weeks.  The local downtown website Borderstan is now covering the issue.  Borderstan prefers that you read their coverage on their site so here is an excerpt and a link:

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]

The letter seeking community support from Hank’s Oyster Bar owner Jamie Leeds. (Borderstan)
A local restaurant’s seven-year battle with a group of local residents over “Voluntary Agreements” is causing one area organization to encourage DC Councilmember, Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), to include reform of the District’s alcohol licensing approval process for restaurants and bars in legislation he is currently drafting for Council consideration.
In response to the current deliberations over liquor licensing at Hank’s Oyster Bar, The Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) calls on Graham to do away with ad hoc committees when dealing with restaurant operations and licensing agreements.