Compass Rose Creates Online Petition for Liquor License Application

by Borderstan.com March 21, 2013 at 10:30 am 9 Comments

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Compass Rose is coming to 1346 T Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Compass Rose, a global street food restaurant coming soon to 1346 T Street NW, launched an online petition to help with the process of obtaining a liquor license. As with several other restaurants and bars in the area, a few residents are protesting Compass Rose’s application. The owners include Rose Previte, David Greene and Pour House co-owner Mike Schuster.

“We need to show our local ANC [1B] that the voices of protest do not necessarily represent the community at large,” Previte says in the petition.

Previte explains that the restaurant is in the process of negotiating with the small group of protesters — she is trying to enter a voluntary agreement with the group to address all concerns about noise, crowds and parking.

“We have already made a number of concessions in the name of compromise, a better understanding of like businesses and a better understanding of the community’s concern with some of the things we applied for,” Previte said in an email.

“We originally asked to have music in our ‘summer garden,’ which is the backyard and on the patio. We have since agreed not to play any music outside. We’ve agreed to limitations on live entertainment inside. We have agreed to patio hours consistent with neighboring St. Ex. We have agreed to diligently monitor and control the noise coming from our establishment to ensure it does not affect our neighbors,” said Previte.

Previte explains that the purpose of the petition is to let  ANC 1B and community, in general, know that there are a number of supporters for Compass Rose and that the small group of protesters does not represent all the residents of ANC 1B.

The petition signatures will be presented to the full ANC at the meeting during the first week in April.

Compass Rose will feature global foods and drinks in the row house formerly occupied by Café Collage. This dishes will emphasize tastes and flavors that Previte and Greene experienced from several years of traveling.

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  • impeach

    This owner seeks to locate her establishment on a residential street snd has applied for a tavern license that would allow the establishment to stay open and serve alcohol until 3am on weekends. A group of 17 nearby residents who will be affected by the establishment are in the process of negotiating a settlement agreement with the owner. Unfortunately, the local ANC commissioner, who lives more than 4 blocks away, seeks to negotiate and have a the ANC adopt a settlement agreement more to her liking, thereby undercutting her own constituents.

    • Your Neighbor

      Four whole blocks away! How dare this elected representative have the temerity — nay, the gumption — to undercut the will of a few annoying homeowners trying to restrict commercial enterprise contrary to the will of a great many more residents of the affected area? Shocking indeed.

  • steve

    It seems to me that the ANC rep — the elected official — should be the one negotiating these agreements. Also, that end of T Street isn’t residential; it is zoned commercial and the proposed establishment is right next door to St Ex and closer to 14th Street than the back half of Matchbox. I can understand the neighbors’ opposition to outdoor music playing on the patio at late hours, but since the establishment has already agreed not to play any music out front I fail to see the problem. Any noise that this place makes is going to be drowned out by noise from Matchbox and St Ex.

  • impeach

    Yes, ideally the ANC rep should be negotiating the agreement. But this assumes that the ANC rep listens to her constituents. This one does not.

    Several issues remain to be worked out between the affected residents and the establishment, and obviously they include more than just live music. That the establishment is on a site zoned commerical doesn’t stop the noise and patrons from spilling out onto the residential part of the street at late hours of the night. Perhaps the establishment owner should have chosen a location not so close to people’s homes.

    • Oy

      Where to start? I assume you knew when you moved into your place that you were just off the 14th Street corridor? I assume you might have know that property was zoned commercial and there was always a good chance a restaurant would open there? Did it ever occur to you and your neighbors that you could have tried to change the zoning of the building?

      Why do you insist on making a restaurant sound like a night club playing loud music with drunken patrons milling about in front? Do you REALLY think Compass Rose is going to be that kind of place? BTW, there is a monstrosity across the street called Matchbox. However, I assume you prefer to pick on the little guys: Matchbox undoubtedly had the resources to fight back.

      • impeach

        If, as you suggested, Compass Rose had applied for a restaurant license (as Matchbox did), it may not have been such an issue. But they applied for a tavern license, which does not carry any minimum food sales percentage requirements. If they really plan to feature international street food as they claim, why didn’t they just apply for a restaurant license? As it stands now, their license would permit them to become the type of establishment that plays loud music and had drunk patrons milling about. And the residents would have little recourse to do anything about it.

        Thank you for the suggestion to try to change the zoning of a building. That would have been a fun and easy undertaking for the residents and a slam dunk win, with the property owners not objecting one bit to having their property re-zoned in a way that makes it less profitable.

        • Your Neighbor

          “Perhaps the establishment owner should have chosen a location not so close to people’s homes,” said a snippy person seeking to impose their tiny, angry, self-interested and self-serving will on an entire community.

          Perhaps such a person should not buy a home so close to properties zoned commercial, then zoom around on broomsticks imposing music and drinking bans on others.

    • steve

      Again, the site that the owner has chosen is commercial, not residential, and housed several commercial establishment before this one. As for the ANC rep not listening to her constituents, I disagree. She just voted with the majority of them in opposing the moratorium.

      What exactly are the issues concerning this establishment that you disagree with the ANC rep on? Give us some specifics.

  • Guy Jones

    The opponents of bar/restaurant development in the U Street area are utter, transparent hypocrites, and unrealistic ones, at that. They receive no sympathy from me, and deserve none. They are hypocrites because they seek to benefit (and undeniably have already benefited, in terms of rising property values and their own personal enjoyment), from the effects of gentrification in the District, brought about in large part by the presence of sophisticated bars and restaurants, which establishments help to create vibrant neighborhoods, and which help to make those neighborhoods more desirable places to live.

    They are unrealistic, because they adhere to the ridiculous and rigidly uncompromising notion that they can preserve for themselves some sort of totally cloistered, sterile and secluded residential enclave devoid of any sort of eating or drinking establishment in its midst –in a neighborhood located in the geographical heart of a bustling and expanding city, no less!

    If the opponents want to live in residences in which urban sounds never assail their ears, they should move to the outskirts of the District, or the Maryland or Virginia suburbs.


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