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ABC Board to Hear Public Input May 7 on Adams Morgan Moratorium Proposals

Monday, May 5, 2014

WHAT/WHO: The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (Board) will hold a hearing on Wednesday, May 7 to receive public input on two proposals regarding the Adams Morgan Moratorium Zone, which restricts alcoholic beverage licensing in the neighborhood. Proposals include:

  • Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C's petition to renew the existing Adams Morgan Moratorium Zone for a five-year period with certain modifications.
  • Kalorama Citizens Association's petition to renew the existing Adams Morgan Moratorium Zone for a five-year period with no changes to current restrictions. 

WHEN: 10 am to noon, Wednesday, May 7

WHERE: Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration Hearing Room
              2000 14th Street, NW, Suite 400 South, 4th Floor

BACKGROUND: The Adams Morgan Moratorium Zone extends approximately 1,400 feet in all directions from the intersection of 18th Street and Belmont Road, NW. The following alcoholic beverage license restrictions apply in the zone:

  • No new licenses for restaurants, nightclubs, taverns and multipurpose facilities.
  • No more than 10 licenses issued for taverns and multipurpose facilities.
  • A licensed restaurant is prohibited from changing its license class unless there are fewer than 10 tavern and multipurpose facility licenses issued in the zone.
  • A license holder outside the zone is not permitted to transfer its license to a location within the zone unless it is an off-premise retailer or hotel.

The Board has extended the existing moratorium to July 12 to allow time to evaluate both proposals. 

CONTACT: Jessie Cornelius (ABRA) at 202.442.6954 or email.