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Update on Little Red Building Liquor License App.
Jan 18, 2007 3:41 PM
Yesterday there was a status hearing
before the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board
in reference to the liquor license application by the owners of the Star Market, better known as the "Little Red Building" on the corner of 2nd and L streets (next to the Courtyard by Marriott
). I wasn't at the hearing, and admittedly am not following this particularly closely, but I've been told that the parties on both sides (the license applicants and the people who've been registered in opposition) have been ordered to attend a mediation session that should happen sometime before the application's next status hearing, scheduled for Feb. 28.
Little Red Building Liquor License Application - Update
Nov 8, 2006 4:56 PM
Today was the hearing
on the application by "The Wine Cellar and Spirits" for a Class A (beer, wine, and liquor) license to open what the owners call
a "tastefully designed wine and spirits" store in the Little Red Building at 156 L Street
(next to the Courtyard by Marriott). ANC 6D has been officially designated as a protestant in opposition to the application, and presumably the owner will be in contact with the ANC to resolve any issues (most likely revolving around the sales of singles). There will be a status hearing on the application on Jan. 17, 2007, at 10 am.
Star Market/Liquor Store Update
Nov 1, 2006 10:57 PM
Expanding a bit on recent posts
about the liquor license application
by the owners of the former Star Market (aka the "Little Red Building" at 2nd and L
, next to the Courtyard by Marriott
) to open what the owner has recently described to me as a "tastefully designed Wine and Spirit store." As I reported
(and as now confirmed in the November Hill Rag's ANC 6D report
, since I bailed on the meeting before this came up), the ANC voted to protest the application, but apparently this was as much about timing issues as anything else, and at the same time the application was referred to the ANC's ABC subcommittee to work on a voluntary agreement to ban the sale of "singles." The owner tells me that in fact they are working on plans to redevelop the property, possibly demolishing the little red building (sniff!) and replacing it with a new building that in addition to upscale liquor sales on the first and second floors could also accommodate a "small sushi saki bar in the 2nd and 3rd floor." He guarantees that the new building "will not be your conventional 'mom and pop' liquor store.' (It should be noted that the Star Market's Class B
[beer and wine/convenience store] liquor license conveyed to the current owners, so this application is for a Class A
license [beer, wine. and spirits/liquor store].) The ABC application hearing
is Nov. 8; the owner hopes to have the plans for the renovation ready by spring. (Hat tip to the CHT Shareholder Community
I also wanted to note that the Capitol Hill Tower
developer is opposing this application.
Hearings, Hearings (Updated)
Oct 20, 2006 9:45 AM
ANC 6D Doings
Oct 17, 2006 6:06 PM
A quick roundup of Near Southeast-related doings at Monday night's ANC 6D
meeting. After a plea from 6D07 commissioner Robert Siegel, the ANC voted to support the previously-voted-down alley closing request on the east side of Square 701
(between Cushing and 1st streets), saying in effect that a $95,000 community amenities proffer is not something that should be turned down. Monument Realty
came before the commission to request support for it's two alley closing bills (in Squares 700
in the Ballpark District
), and the request was referred to the ANC's Development Subcommittee for further discussions about Monument's community amenities package, which includes a pledge of up to 20% affordable housing in the residential project at Half and N, LSDBE participation, LEED standards, and an offer to spend approximately $500,000 to upgrade the electrical/HVAC systems at Amidon Elementary School (but there's some question as to whether Amidon will be open past 2007). Finally, the ANC voted not to support the request for a liquor license
to open a liquor store at the old Star Market site at 2nd and L
(the license hearing is Nov. 8). I'll link to the Hill Rag
/Voice of the Hill
reports on these meetings when available for additional details since it must be admitted that I bailed before the meeting was over and am relying on a vast network of informants and stringers to provide the few meager details I included here.
Edge/Wet Liquor License Suspended
Sep 17, 2006 12:07 PM
Just one week before they were scheduled to permanently close, the gay nightclubs Wet and Edge at Half and L Streets
got hit with a suspension of their liquor license. Capitol Hill Cabaret (the owners of Wet/Edge) were the subjects of a Show Cause Hearing on Wednesday Sept. 13
in front of the ABC Control Board
, and I guess the assumption can be made that the proceeding didn't go well. The suspension sign says that it is in effect until Oct. 29, but I don't know whether this is something that can be rectified in time for the clubs to open for what would have been their final nights (Sept. 22 and 23), so the end for these bars might have already arrived.
Liquor Sales Return to Near Southeast?
Sep 8, 2006 8:53 PM
The little red building at the corner of 2nd and L, the old Star Market, has been a favorite of mine since January 2003, when it was one of my first pictures taken in Near Southeast (a photo that landed on A1 of the Post
back in August 2005, accompanying a story that includes the tale of how owner refused to sell to Valhal Corp. when they were putting together the plans for the Capitol Hill Tower
project, so the little building remained in place while 14 stories of hotel and coop sprang up around it. The most recent owner even tried earlier this year to sell it on Craigslist for $950k
(after buying it 8 months earlier for $580k). And now? Someone ("Wine Cellar Spirits") has applied for a liquor license to open a liquor store there, according to a sign posted on the building's wall today. The store would be open from 9 am to 10 pm Monday through Saturday, closed on Sunday. The hearing is scheduled for Nov. 8. So you can't get groceries in Near Southeast just yet, but all your liquor needs may soon be met.... (hat tip to the CHT blog
for beating me to the keyboard. Damn dinner date!)
City Help to Gay Clubs Debated
Jan 20, 2006 8:50 AM
The Washington Blade reports in "
ANC 6D December Meeting
Dec 8, 2005 8:44 AM
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