- An application for a new distillery and tavern called District Distilleries to open at 1414 U Street where the old Utopia and Copi's. used to be. I met with the owner last week who has a passion for distilling and intends to hire professional managers and chefs for his distillery and restaurant. The distillery, tasting room and gift shop will be on the first floor and the bar/restaurant will be on the second floor. There will be no dance floor. While I applaud this business and use of space, I will introduce a motion at the meeting to protest this application so we can agree with the owner about certain conditions that will help promote a good quality-of-life for neighbors. We've already talked about many of them, including noise, live music, lines outside, and trash and have made great progress. (And for those wondering, I asked, they intend to distill clear liquors first like vodka and gin, followed by darker ones like rum or whiskey).
- An application for a new restaurant tavern at 1636 17th St, a former salon that has moved around the corner. This is the first new restaurant on 17th St since Dukes opened up a few years ago. The place is called Brick Lane.
The meeting is at 7pm on Wednesday July 8 at the Brookings Institutions (see below).