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Just when you thought H Street NE was finally safe for nightlife, Frozen Tropics notes that local residents are considering a cap on tavern and nightclub licenses.
Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Mary Beatty says some residents who live nearby are concerned that noise from the bars could one day become a problem. “It’s not a problem at this point,” she says. “We want to get ahead of the issue.” The neighborhood recently instated a moratorium on single sales of beer and liquor, which went into effect Oct. 1.
Joe Englert, who owns five bars and clubs along H Street, says he thinks capping the area’s liquor licenses might be a good idea “if it’s smartly done, not puritanically done.” He thinks there should be no more than 40 or 50 bars or clubs allowed within 15 blocks. Beatty says she and her fellow commissioners have not come up with a number for the cap yet and are eager to hear neighbors opinions at a Nov. 20 public hearing.
Bryan Weaver, an advisory neighborhood commissioner in Adams Morgan, says H Street should view his neighborhood as a kind of cautionary tale. “They’re like Adams Morgan in the 1980s,” he says. “They’re trying to create an entertainment district. We’re just trying to keep the circus in the tent.” Adams Morgan residents passed a similar moratorium last year, and D.C. Council approved it in July.