ABC fact finding hearing

“The ABC Board has scheduled a fact finding,” translation: Shut-up, stupid

A fact finding hearing is usually much worse than it sounds The ABC Board is authorized to hold several different types of hearings. Among them, is a fact finding. In a fact finding, you haven’t been formally accused of anything…yet. The Board just has some questions that they want to ask you. If that sounds Read more about “The ABC Board has scheduled a fact finding,” translation: Shut-up, stupid[…]

Credit Discrimination: Cashless restaurants could be outlawed to protect the “unbanked”

The growing cashless trend in dining might be halted by the Council to protect the rights of the non-credit-worthy Restaurants in D.C. are not allowed to discriminate. That is a good thing. Usually.  For the better part of 60 years, Federal Law has prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, gender, religion in places Read more about Credit Discrimination: Cashless restaurants could be outlawed to protect the “unbanked”[…]

D.C. liquor license news

D.C. Liquor License News

HERE IS WHAT OWNERS OF BARS, RESTAURANTS, AND  NIGHTCLUBS NEED TO KNOW   The Board has been chugging along in the summer months, giving out licenses, approving agreements, punishing the wicked, business as usual.  Some high profile establishments have closed or are closing because they simply couldn’t stand the regulatory heat. More than any time Read more about D.C. Liquor License News[…]

Security camera law for bars, lounges and nightclubs in DC

Is your establishment breaking the security camera law?

Most D.C. bars, lounges, and clubs are probably breaking this security camera law and they don’t even know it Security camera systems break down, they need to be maintained, upgraded, and eventually replaced. It’s an inevitability. But, did you know, that if your cameras are not working, you are required to inform the ABC Board? Read more about Is your establishment breaking the security camera law?[…]

ABC Board hearing 'no show'

Dude, you have to show up for your ABC Board Hearing

Failing to appear for your ABC Board hearing has consequences Yesterday I was thinking about this bar owner client that I had a decade ago. Both the owner and the bar, were my favorite, ever. One of the owner’s many attributes is that he would show up at every ABC Board hearing that was vaguely Read more about Dude, you have to show up for your ABC Board Hearing[…]

ABC Settlement Agreement

Is your ABC Settlement Agreement putting your bar in double jeopardy?

 An ABC Settlement Agreement can be more than just a ‘pain-in-the-ass’ for owners. In a regulatory environment perfect for owners, there would be no such thing as an ABC Settlement Agreement.  But, the regulatory environment isn’t perfect. The government has always allowed the public to ‘weigh-in’ on how a new liquor license or change to an existing Read more about Is your ABC Settlement Agreement putting your bar in double jeopardy?[…]

ABRA investigation interference overwritten video of a bar fight

ABRA investigation interference: Is the cover-up worse than the crime?

Does the axiom hold true for ABC licensed establishments? The cover-up is always worse than the crime. Isn’t it? You always hear that, but is it accurate in D.C. liquor license matters? The limited number of cases that address investigation interference suggest that it isn’t. For example, in a recent case, XO Lounge was found Read more about ABRA investigation interference: Is the cover-up worse than the crime?[…]

Sale to minor violations have serious consequences

Alcohol sale to minor violations: “Fu*k you, pay me.”

If your establishment serves someone under 21 it is a violation, regardless of what you did to prevent it. It simply does not matter how proactive you have been in your liquor store or bar.  If a minor is served, you are liable. It is what lawyers call “strict liability.” That means, all the Government Read more about Alcohol sale to minor violations: “Fu*k you, pay me.”[…]

Abutting Owner Liquor License Protest

Liquor License Protest Process in DC

How neighboring property owners can ‘abut’ in If you are applying for, renewing, or changing a liquor license, the public gets a say. Even if you have never been through the liquor license protest process before, you have no doubt noticed those obtrusive red or green placards hung in the window, announcing the application. In Read more about Liquor License Protest Process in DC[…]

Legal Changes Ahead For Liquor Licenses

New Year, New Laws, New Board With two (2) new board members sworn-in on January 24, 2017, and the Council considering both the Mayor’s proposed changes to the law and the Board’s Final Rulemaking to amend the Municipal Regulations, there are changes abound for the gamut of license types. Council Hearing Scheduled on Mayor’s Proposed Read more about Legal Changes Ahead For Liquor Licenses[…]