Settlement Agreement

Liquor License Settlement Agreement: Bars Beware

Settlement Agreements Can Seriously Impact Your Business If you are facing a liquor license protest, you need to be extremely careful when negotiating a Settlement Agreement with the ANC or citizen’s group. Seemingly innocuous or informative language could limit your ability to grow your business. Recently, the Board emphatically squashed a business’ expansion based on Read more about Liquor License Settlement Agreement: Bars Beware[…]

Alcohol service liability

Holiday alcohol service liability for bars and homeowners

Holidays bring greater risk of alcohol service liability As we enter the Holiday season, there will be the annual barrage of office parties and in-home celebrations. Everyone should enjoy responsibly and refrain from drinking and driving. They should, but they won’t. So, you should do what you can to make sure that you are protected Read more about Holiday alcohol service liability for bars and homeowners[…]

Security subsidy for bars and restaurants

The District will give you money to lay off some security cost

DC Bars, Lounges and Nightclubs, concerned about cost effective security, need to get informed about two (2) government programs that can ease the burden on your budget. The MPD Reimbursable Detail Subsidy Program and the Private Security Camera Rebate Program. For participants in the Reimbursable Detail Subsidy Program, ABRA will absorb a sizable chunk of Read more about The District will give you money to lay off some security cost[…]

ABC License Safekeeping

ABC License Safekeeping is not so safe

If you have a liquor license in DC, and for whatever reason you are not operating, the law requires that you temporarily turn your license in. This process, known as Safekeeping, is most common in cases of repair/renovation, moving to a new location, expired leases, or a sale of the license after an establishment has Read more about ABC License Safekeeping is not so safe[…]

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?[…]