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ABC Board to Decide on Moratorium Petition for U Street Corridor Tomorrow

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
A public meeting will decide on a petition for a U Street Corridor moratorium.


The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (Board) will decide on a petition for a moratorium on the issuance of liquor licenses in the District’s U Street corridor at a public hearing tomorrow.


1-1:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 2


Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration Hearing Room
Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center
2000 14th Street, NW, Suite 400 S., 4th Floor


The Shaw-Dupont Citizens Alliance requested a five-year moratorium on the issuance of liquor licenses in an area extending 1,800 feet in radius from Ben’s Next Door located at 1211 U Street, NW. The petition requested the Board:

  • Prohibit the issuance of all new alcoholic beverage licenses, except licenses to sell beer and wine (class B) at full service grocery stores;
  • Prohibit the transfer of licenses into the moratorium zone;
  • Place a cap on the number of nightclub licenses at zero;
  • Place a cap on the number of tavern licenses at ten; and
  • Prohibit the expansion of existing licensees into adjoining spaces, properties or lots.

The Board held a public hearing on the petition on May 22 and received written comments until May 24. Members of the public can view the petition online.