Restaurant Liquor Licenses & Schools
A controversial bill is in the works to alter the current law that automatically bars all liquor licenses within 400 feet of a school unless another business with the same license type is already present. The case in the article is that of Vegetate, a vegetarian restaurant that a young couple recently opened in the Shaw neighborhood. Vegetate is located onn 9th Street, a street that still contains a number of boarded up building that have yet to be "revitalized." The owners of Vegetate say that their restaurant may not be economically viable without the liquor license (in the Post article, one of the owners explains that they believed the 400 foot measurement requirement was from door to door, rather than property line to property line, which is the reality). Under current regulations, though Vegetate is barred from obtaining a CR, or CT (restaurant to tavern liquor license), another liquor store could be granted a license in the area. Two interesting pieces on the topic:
1. Washington Post -Request for Liquor License Uncorks Dispute
2. Rebuilding Place -Does a Restaurant Selling Alcohol Create a Pernicious Enviroment for Children?
Also see this Times article from earlier this year on the Vegetate debate. Don't miss the bit at the bottom:
"Officials with Shiloh did not return calls for comment. Shiloh members yesterday said that the church does not want the restaurant to have a liquor license because, unlike the nearby liquor stores, Vegetate is open on Sundays.
They'll be selling liquor from what time to what time and that probably will increase the crime," said one churchgoer, who refused to give her name. "We want to protect our children from that."
So, while I'm adding more links, check these out:
Goodspeed Update: Vegetate's Liquor License
Washington Post: Shaw's Vegetate: Meat- and Alcohol-Free
If you are wondering what information about Shaw is doing on this site, I'll just say that this new legislattion could have some pretty far reaching effects throughout the city. Plus, looking at the unintended consequences of the current law is a good reminder to always draft carefully.