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Last call doesn’t come quite late enough for the operators of Big Bear Cafe.
The trailblazing Bloomingdale coffee shop and restaurant is asking city regulators to let it stay open into the wee hours like other D.C. hotspots. Big Bear currently closes at 11 p.m. on weeknights and midnight on weekends. The restaurant now wants to extend service until 1 a.m. all week long. It’s also asking permission to let patrons hang out on its patio later into the evening, as well. Right now, customers carousing al fresco-style have to take it inside at 9 p.m. weekdays, 10 p.m. weekends. The restaurant is asking to extend outside service until midnight on weekdays and 1 a.m. on weekends.
What will the neighbors think? Residents weren’t entirely thrilled with Big Bear’s plans for evening hours and alcohol service in the first place. The District’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board was scheduled to review Big Bear’s application for later hours on Wednesday.
Photo courtesy of Big Bear Cafe