Many DC bars have settlement agreements with their ANC, so-called citizens’ associations, or gangs of local NIMBYers. They may restrict hours or other operations. Owners are forced to accept these conditions when starting their business under duress, because they can’t afford a 6-9 month fight without being open for business.
Many DC bars have settlement agreements with their ANC, so-called citizens’ associations, or
gangs of local NIMBYers. These agreements can restrict hours, operations and create onerous
standards as a condition of liquor licenses. What many owners don’t know, is that SA’s don’t
have to be forever. After four (4) years, if you follow the procedure, you can petition the Board
to terminate or modify your SA.
A client recently asked me about regular DC nightclubs, without nude entertainment licenses, having exotic dancer parties. “Is this legal?” Probably not, but it depends on what the dancers are doing.
This is a confusing issue for bars and restaurant owners, that I have received a number of questions on. That is due in no small part to the extensive, but incomplete coverage of the Cashless Retailer’s Prohibition Act of 2020. The short answer is YES, owner’s can refuse to accept cash, for now.
The Department of Health recently closed a Georgetown hookah bar, which has sparked questions from restaurant owners if offering hookah during Phase II reopening is legal? Clearly, DOH takes the position that it is not.
On June 19, 2020 the Mayor issued the formal order moving DC into Phase II of reopening. Shortly thereafter, the ABC Board published its Emergency Rulemaking, implementing the order to restaurants.
The latest guidance on DC’s Phase I re-opening came out on Friday, as a joint-effort from the Mayor, DDOT and DOH. The publication specifically addresses outdoor seating on public space, but, also provides clarity for other outdoor operations. Any establishment with outdoor dining should review the complete guide.
Recently, the government has made COVID-19 assistance for hospitality businesses a priority. We have updated our earlier guide with the most recent legal information available. If you own a bar or restaurant and have any questions, I will be glad to consult with you free of charge.
The COVID-19 emergency has decimated the hospitality industry and the legal situation is fluid. We have put together this legal guide to assist you in identifying appropriate resources. If you own a nightlife establishment, I will be glad to consult with you free of charge.
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?