Northeast neighborhood leaders have succeeded in a five-year effort to close a strip club on Rhode Island Avenue.
The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia recently upheld the city's denial of a liquor license for the Isle's Place restaurant at 2028 Rhode Island Ave. NE, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board announced.
When Isle's Place applied for a renewal of its liquor license in 1998, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5A charged that the restaurant had an "adverse impact on peace, order and quiet, residential parking, vehicular and pedestrian safety, and D.C. real property values." Nearly a year later, the board denied the license. Isle's Place appealed the decision, saying that the ABC board had violated its constitutional right to due process of law. The restaurant said the board made a decision without all members hearing the evidence.
The ABC board said proper procedures were followed -- a second hearing was held, and all the commissioners agreed with the ruling -- and the appeals court decided in favor of the city.
The case had been pending before the court for nearly two years.
Isle's Place was granted a liquor license in 1971 and received approval in 1986 to feature nude dancing. The city now has a moratorium on issuing new licenses for nude dancing In other issues before the board, three Northwest establishments were ordered to advise neighbors of plans to seek changes in their ABC licenses that could affect the community.
Chief Ike's Mambo Room, 1725 Columbia Rd. NW, has applied for a tavern license. It now is authorized to operate as a restaurant. If the board approves the change, Chief Ike's could offer entertainment and dancing.
Hamburger Marys, at 1337 14th St. NW, has requested approval for outdoor seating with alcoholic beverage service. Owners are seeking to use 108 square feet of public space for no more than seven outdoor tables. In addition, Hamburger Marys has proposed installing a dance floor, featuring a DJ nightly except Monday and Tuesday; and offering live music Thursday through Sunday. The restaurant would remain open until 2 a.m. on weekdays and 3 a.m. on weekends
The Cheesecake Factory, at 5345 Wisconsin Ave. NW, is seeking board approval to add outside seating for 30 patrons. If approved, the sidewalk cafe would operate from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. Friday through Sunday.
The community has a 45-day period to file a protest against the changes.
Temporary licenses have been granted to two Northwest establishments so that they may operate during the 45-day protest period.
Euphoria Restaurant, 1905 Ninth St. NW, and the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, 3100 South St. NW, were both supported by letters from their Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, 1B and 2E.
The board will grant or deny full licenses after a public hearing.
The board also approved agreements between two restaurants and their neighborhood associations.
Tony and Joe's Seafood Place, 3000 K St. NW, agreed with ANC 2E to operate from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, serving alcoholic beverages only when accompanied by a full meal, and permitting no more than 320 patrons in the outside areas not used for dining. Management must also clearly indicate the outdoor seating area's boundaries and prohibit patrons from entering or leaving that area with alcoholic beverages. Furthermore, entertainment must be offered only for small parties, and the ownership must work to resolve community concerns.
Cafe Japone, 2032 P St. NW, agreed to operate a sushi bar seating 10 customers and to stay open daily until midnight. The agreement also dictates that restaurant management should build an "appropriate entryway."