by 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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by April 8, 2012 at 5:35 am 3,187 8 Comments

"Borderstan""Batch 13"

A  New Belgium Brewing  sign and trademark bike are in the window at 1724 14th Street NW. The liquor license application was filed under the Batch 13 name. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The sign and liquor license application for Batch 13 is up at 1724 14th Street NW. In the front window is a New Belgium Brewing sign promoting the brewery, which is based in Fort Collins, Colorado. It includes a bicycle in the window, which is part of the company’s logo. But, the liquor license application in the side window lists the applicant as Batch 13. Borderstan has contacted New Belgium Brewing and Batch 13 to determine if there will be direct connection between the liquor store and the brewery. Or is it a promo by Batch 13 for the store? (If so, a very catchy and clever one.)

"Borderstan""Batch 13""14th Street NW"

The liquor liquor license application for a liquor store. (Luis Gomez Photos) first reported last August that the craft beer brewery’s brands — which include Fat Tire Pale Ale — would be available in DC-area stores. The company (employee owned) announced last week that it is opening a second brewery in Asheville, North Carolina. Then, the Prince of Petworth reported October 11 that Batch 13 would open a liquor store in the space.

The 14th Street storefront location was formerly home to the Dogs by Day dog daycare center. Dogs by Day and Green Pets (which was located in the storefront to the south) moved to 1711 Florida Avenue NW and now operates under the Planet Pets name.

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by May 12, 2010 at 5:00 am 2,063 0

ANC 1B, which includes the U Street corridor, meets monthly at the Reeves Municipal Center at 14th and U NW. (ANC 1B website)

Alex Baca will be writing about community and development issues for Borderstan, including occasional reports on local Advisory Neighborhood Commissions. She also writes for the Housing Complex blog at Washington City Paper.

The famously sprawling ANC 1B (Columbia Heights, LeDroit Park, Pleasant Plains, Shaw/U Street, and University Heights) held its monthly meeting last Thursday, May 6, at the Reeves Center, 14th and U Streets NW.

Amongst the slew of liquor license applications and renewals, the evening’s agenda also included the public safety report and design reviews of the African American Civil War Memorial Museum.

The United Negro College Fund’s agreement to occupy the site between S and T at 7th Street NW started the meeting on a high note.  The Shaw space was intended to house Radio One, which backed out in February. UNCF’s forthcoming move elicited quite a few smiles from the commissioners–as well as a unanimous move to write a letter to the City Council supporting a potential $1.5 million tax abatement for UNCF.

Liquor License Requests: Masa 14’s Rooftop Deck

But things heated up as representatives from local establishments came forth to request liquor licenses. Masa 14 had their request protested in the name of “parking, peace, and quiet” alongside potential neighborhood newcomers GII and The Florida Cafe. The commission, as is typical, recommended that the businesses attempt to reach a voluntary agreement with the neighborhood associations before coming before the ANC.


by March 15, 2009 at 9:23 pm 2,700 0

At its March 11 meeting, Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B/Dupont Circle approved a committee report on the future of the 17th Street liquor license moratorium. (Read March 4 Borderstan posting here on the issue.) The vote was 9 to 0 by ANC 2B to approve the committee’s report. The city’s liquor license commission must sign off on the resolution; ANCs are advisory in nature only and do not make law.


by February 3, 2009 at 10:48 pm 1,646 0

Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Cairo Liquor at the corner of 17th and Corcoran NW. (Photo: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Here are two takes, two wrap-ups, two reviews… on the Monday night public meeting on 17th Street NW and the liquor license moratorium that expires at the end of March:

Note: ANC 2B Commissioner Jack Jacobson chaired the Monday night meeting on 17th Street. He represents district 4, which includes most of West Borderstan. From Jacobson’s posting on the meeting:

This will not be the only community meeting on the issue, and I was so excited that the dialogue was civil and constructive. In addition to other public meetings on the issue, I will be hosting my own meeting within my SMD to garner input from my constituents on 17th Street and the moratorium, and look forward to recieving community input from even more of you.

To make your voice heard on the 17th Street moratorium issue, please email comments to [email protected], and please include your full name and address, or your business name and address, when submitting testimony. The public comment period closes on February 11 at 7:00 p.m.

by January 26, 2009 at 3:17 pm 1,910 0


Dupont Circle ANC 2B is holding a public meeting Monday, February 2, to gain input on the 17th Street liquor license moratorium, which ends March 31. (Image: Luis Gomez, One Photograph A Day.)

Dupont Circle ANC 2B is hosting a community meeting to accept testimony and comments on the 17th Street “Dupont East” liquor moratorium on Monday, February 2, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Foundry United Methodist Church at 1500 16th Street NW.



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