Unique Tavern License Up for Grabs in Georgetown
For the first time in 20 years, there is one tavern liquor license now available in Georgetown, which remains under a neighborhood liquor license moratorium.
Because the defunct Saloun, formerly at 3239 M Street, did not renew its tavern license, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board cancelled its license Oct. 30.
So, who has applied for this one-of-a-kind, tavern-nightclub license?
The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration told the Georgetowner Nov. 18 that it "has received two applications for the tavern license in Georgetown. Gypsy Sally’s Acoustic Tavern LLC, trading as Gypsy Sally’s at 3401 Water St., NW, applied to transfer its restaurant license to become a tavern in Georgetown. The second is from Restaurant Enterprises, Inc., trading as Smith Point at 1338 Wisconsin Avenue, NW. They also submitted an application to transfer their alcoholic beverage license from a restaurant to a tavern in the area. Applications are being reviewed on a first-come, first-serve basis and are subject to the approval of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board."
Last week, ABRA announced: " … Restrictions have temporarily been lifted on alcoholic beverage licenses for taverns in the Georgetown Historic District. The change occurred after the number of licensed taverns within the historic area fell below a legislative cap of six. … Taverns located in the Georgetown Historic District are permitted to transfer alcoholic beverage licenses to new owners and new locations within the area. An existing restaurant in the historic district will also be able to apply to become a tavern or nightclub in the neighborhood. Applications to make any of the changes would need to be filed with the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration for consideration by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board."
"The Alcoholic Beverage Control Act and Rules Reform Amendment Act of 1994 freezes the transfer or sale of tavern and nightclub licenses in the Georgetown Historic District when there are six or more taverns and/or nightclubs licensed in the area," according to ABRA.
There are no nightclubs licensed in Georgetown. Once a sixth tavern license is issued, ABRA noted, "the ability to transfer tavern licenses will end once the legislative cap of six taverns and/or nightclubs is reached in the Georgetown Historic District."
There are five neighborhood moratoriums in effect in D.C.: Adams Morgan, East Duport Circle, Georgetown, Glover Park and West Dupont Circle.