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ANC turns away George supporters as official protest continues

About a dozen supporters of George, the Prospect Street nightclub, left the Georgetown ANC meeting Monday when Commissioners said George's liquor license issues would not be considered at the meeting. A copy of the ANC agenda distributed Jan. 30 showed George listed along with Third Edition and Smith Point for consideration of a "Possible Voluntary Agreement."

"We're really confused," said Reed Landry, one of the owners of the bar. "We were expecting to have a chance to speak."

"I had so many people show up here for nothing," added co-owner Ki Jun Sung, mentioning that the supporters were

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Georgetown residents.

Andrew Kline, representing the owners, expressed displeasure that his clients were taken off the agenda. "I don't understand why the ANC didn't hear from the people who were there to speak on an item on the agenda."

ANC Commissioner Bill Starrels said George's issues could not be considered because the ANC is currently protesting the establishment's liquor license before the Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration. A hearing was suspended last week by ABRA due to weather. George's owners want to double the number of occupants allowed in the establishment and to terminate the existing Voluntary Agreement with the ANC that regulates liquor-related issues such as noise and crowds. Without a Voluntary Agreement, said Starrels, there would be no constraints on how George uses the courtyard and "no constraints on noise and music." "It would be like removing the speed limit on the highway and getting rid of other laws," Starrels said. "Without a Voluntary Agreement it could be a full-fledged nightclub and there isn't anything anyone could do about it." Starrels referenced The Harbor Club, a nightclub on the waterfront that was shut down in 2003 due to crowds and noise that got "out of control," said Starrels. Some of George's owners have been recognized as successful party promoters. Landry was named one of "D.C.'s Top 50 Party Animals" by Politico, which cited his website, LateNightShots.com, as "the popular and private social-networking website for Georgetown’s club-going set," adding, "he’s watched the membership grow from just a smattering to upward of 20,000." "While most politicos prefer the parties that run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.," the article continued, "the LateNightShots crowd doesn’t get going until 9 at the earliest." Landry has been criticized for hosting forums on the site including 'Hottest girl on this site' and 'Boob job inquiry,'" Politico reported. Washington City Paper wrote a profile of Late Night Shots that Landry called "distorted." It is featured on Late Night Shots' website. Kline, representing Landry and the other owners, said the main complaint about George has been too many people waiting in line to get in. If the occupancy limits were eased, he said, there would be fewer people waiting outside and making noise. The Citizens Association of Georgetown and resident Edward Emes have joined the ANC's protest.