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Four ABC Licenses Available for Georgetown

March 27, 2014

Four ABC licenses will be available for application in Georgetown next month, including one for a tavern and three for restaurants. The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) will begin accepting applications for the licenses at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 10.

The tavern license is only available to an existing restaurant located in the Georgetown Historic District. An applicant would be eligible to apply for the license as either a tavern or nightclub. The availability of the tavern license also allows taverns located in the area to transfer alcoholic beverage licenses to new owners and new locations within the neighborhood.

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Act and Rules Reform Amendment Act of 1994 (D.C. law 10-122) only permits six taverns in the Georgetown Historic District. It also freezes the transfer or sale of tavern and nightclub licenses in the historic district when six taverns and/or nightclubs are licensed.

In addition to the available tavern license, three new restaurant licenses are also available in Georgetown as a result of a license class change and cancellations. Sixty-eight licensed restaurants are permitted in the neighborhood under the Georgetown Moratorium Zoneregulations. Currently, 65 restaurant licenses exist in the zone.

Application details are available on ABRA’s website. Completed applications for the licenses will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to the consideration of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. Businesses interested in applying will need to do so in person beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 10 at ABRA’s office:

  • The Reeves Center, 2000 14th St., NW, Suite 400 South, 4th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20009

Members of the public that have questions can email or call ABRA at 202.442.4423.


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Under Armour Coming to Georgetown

March 6, 2014

According to Washington Business Journal, Under Armour, the athletic gear company, (yes, another one) will be opening in Georgetown at 3150 M Street at the corner of Wisconsin and M. The building is currently occupied by Serendipity 3 DC, and formerly, Nathan's.

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Corcoran Announces Plan to Save the Nonprofit Art Institution

February 19, 2014

Corcoran Gallery of Art’s Interim Director and President, Peggy Loar announced Wednesday a plan that would save the country’s oldest privately supported art museum. The Corcoran, which first opened to the public in 1897, has been struggling financially and considered moving to the suburbs.

The deal with the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University (GW), which needs approval by the boards of the three institutions, would mean that the Corcoran’s art collection would remain in its current 17th Street building. Corcoran’s 124-year-old Corcoran College of Art + Design, one of Washington’s only professional colleges of art, would continue to operate, but under the auspices of George Washington University.

In an open letter, Loar explained, “The collaboration would raise the stature of arts education in the District and expand the benefits, services, and interdisciplinary opportunities that both the National Gallery of Art and GW provide to students, museum-goers, and the Washington community.

Our three institutions are now entering a working period to set the definitive terms of a collaboration, under which the Corcoran College of Art and Design would become a part of the George Washington University. GW would operate the College, maintain its distinct identity, and assume ownership of, and responsibility for, the Corcoran building.  The National Gallery of Art would organize and present exhibitions of modern and contemporary art within the building under the name Corcoran Contemporary, National Gallery of Art.”

"All of us at the National Gallery of Art are excited at the prospect of working with the Corcoran and George Washington University in a unique collaboration that ensures the Corcoran legacy, keeps the core collection in the nation's capital and offers great opportunities for exhibitions of contemporary art and programming," said Earl A. Powell III, Director, National Gallery of Art.   

"The George Washington University will work with the Corcoran to create a world-class arts education program in close affiliation with the National Gallery of Art.  Such a program, situated in this iconic Washington landmark, will offer unparalleled opportunities for students and scholars, and provide a powerful new focus for the arts in the heart of the nation's capital,"said GW President Steven Knapp.  

If the plan is implemented, all Corcoran exhibitions will be free to the public. Currently, there is a $10 adult admission fee.

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