H Street NE restaurant Sally’s Middle Name has applied to expand into the second floor of its building at 1320 H Street NE, adding 60 seats to the restaurant.

The application was submitted to the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration during its meeting on Wednesday. Residents will have a chance to protest the expansion at a hearing that has not yet been scheduled.

Also on Wednesday, ABRA approved a settlement between Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6C and Sugar Factory, a new candy store and bar in Union Station. According to the terms of the agreement, alcoholic drinks larger than 32 oz. can only be served to groups of two or more. Sugar Factory’s menu includes several cocktails served in 60-ounce goblets.

The agreement also allows Sugar Factory to stay open until midnight Thursday through Saturday and until 10 p.m. during the week. It also bars the sale of alcoholic beverages to-go.

ABRA also approved a settlement between ANC 6B and the 7th and L Street Market at 700 L St. SE. The agreement prevents the corner store from selling individual alcohol containers, including beer or malt liquor in single containers less than 70 ounces and spirits in half-pint or smaller containers.

The ANC also called on the market to be more proactive about discouraging the consumption of alcohol around the store by not providing cups, posting no loitering signs and selling the alcohol in clear plastic bags.


Da Luft Restaurant & Lounge

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board fined a lounge on the H Street corridor $5,000 for several rule violations.

Da Luft at 1242 H St. NE, which had its license suspended for several days after a fight in April, was fined for violating three Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration rules. The bar and lounge did not have an ABC Board approved manager present while alcoholic beverages were being sold, failed to show and ABRA investigator their business records and licenses and failed to keep a record of times when police were called to the bar, according to the order released today by the ABC Board.

The majority of the fine was related to the failure to show an ABRA investigator their license. An ABRA investigator visited the bar on March 19 and talked to an employee who claimed to be an ABRA licensed manager but didn’t provide his license, which all managers are required to keep with them.

Several days later, the employee, Ijiti Ajiboye Laosebikan, sent a picture of his license to the investigator, according to the Alcohol Control Board order. However, the investigator discovered that the license number was assigned to a different employee and that the license had been altered in the picture sent to investigators.

The order added an additional $500 fine because Laosebikan was the only manager present at the time of the March inspection, meaning there was not a licensed manager present while alcohol was being served.

Another $500 fine was levied because the bar and lounge refused to provide written records of every time the police had been called to the bar. In April, the bar was closed for four days after a bystander was injured and a police officer was assaulted when a brawl inside the bar spilled out onto the sidewalk.

The Board’s order also noted that the bar was accused of selling alcohol between 3 and 8 a.m. on a Saturday, a violation of D.C. law. However, that charge was dropped because a key witness was unavailable.

The bar has 30 days to pay the fine or its liquor license will be suspended. Also, if the bar violates the rules any time in the next year, they will automatically have their license suspended for two days.

Representatives from Da Luft could not be reached immediately to comment on the fine.


Ocopa (Photo via Facebook/ Ocopa Restaurant)A Peruvian eatery on the H Street corridor is looking to offer some Latin dancing with its cebiche and pisco sours.

Ocopa at 1324 H St. NE submitted an application to the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration this week to host live entertainment. The entertainment will include Latin dancing and “occasional live music,” according to the application.

A representative of the restaurant could not be reached immediately for comment.

If approved, the application would allow them to host live entertainment every day of the week between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m.

Photo via Facebook/Ocopa Restaurant


Starbucks sign (Photo via Flickr/Charles Williams)A lager or Merlot soon might be as common as a latte or smoothie at a Starbucks two blocks from the U.S. Capitol.

The Starbucks at 237 Pennsylvania Ave. SE has applied for a liquor license to serve beer and wine, according to paperwork filed with the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration this week.

The filing came after Starbucks submitted liquor license applications for locations in Dupont Circle, Georgetown, Chevy Chase, Arlington and Reston last week.

A Starbucks representative told Hill Now’s sibling publication, Borderstan, then that the push for alcoholic drinks is part of the company’s new “Starbucks Evenings” service, which also includes a small plate menu. The coffee chain may serve “craft beer,” along with red, white and sparkling wines by the bottle and glass, according to a sample menu.

But food and drinks vary by region, meaning it’s possible the stores could serve local beer and wine. Small plate possibilities include truffle mac and cheese, bacon-wrapped dates, chicken skewers and truffle popcorn.

Photo via Flickr/Charles Williams


Da Luft Restaurant & Lounge

Da Luft Restaurant & Lounge on the H Street corridor has had its liquor license suspended after police say a bystander was injured and a police officer was assaulted in a fight that spilled out of the bar.

The D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board ruled today that Da Luft can’t serve alcohol due to an “imminent danger” the panel said the bar poses to the public’s health and safety. Da Luft has three days to request a hearing on the board’s decision.

D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier closed Da Luft for four days and requested an immediate revocation of the bar’s license after officers saw a brawl outside the 1242 H Street NE bar early Saturday morning.

A bystander was cut in the leg during the melee, and a police officer had a hand put to his throat while trying to stop the fight.

A Da Luft representative didn’t immediately respond to inquiries.

The brawl started in Da Luft after 12 a.m. Saturday when customers and employees argued over whether the bar’s rooftop could be used for a birthday party, according to a letter from the ABC panel to owner Josephine Ijiti. About 30 people were celebrating on the bar’s second floor.

A female bystander was knocked to the floor, cut in the leg with an “unknown blade-like object” and then robbed, the board said. The fight then spilled onto the sidewalk, where it was spotted by police.

Da Luft tweeted this week, in response to the group H Street Great Street, that the woman received “a laceration on her leg bumping into a chair, no crime existed.” After the woman was injured, Da Luft security employees moved customers outside, according to the ABC panel.

It took about 20 police officers about 20 minutes to break up the fight, according to the panel. About 40 Da Luft customers apparently were involved in the brawl.

Police said they did not receive a call from Da Luft’s security employees, whom police said were sent home before authorities could interview them. The scene was cleaned by the bar’s staff before police could examine it.

Police said they couldn’t immediately access the surveillance system Saturday morning, either.

“The Metropolitan Police Department is very concerned about the safety and welfare of the citizens living in and visiting this city,” Lanier wrote in a letter to Ijiti on Saturday. “I would be remiss in my duties if I did not address the concerns and the safety of the citizens of the District of Columbia following this altercation which initiated inside of your club and ultimately resulted in one of your club’s patrons sustaining lacerations.”


The Cupboard (Photo via Google Maps)

(Updated at 2:20 p.m. Monday) The convenience store at 15th and East Capitol streets faces penalties and a hefty fine from the D.C. alcohol board — and the owners say it’s all over a misunderstanding about a free coffee cup.

The Cupboard (1504 E. Capitol St. NE) was charged with encouraging public alcohol consumption by giving away a go-cup, the name D.C. Code gives to any cups sold or given to customers “for the purpose of consuming alcoholic beverages off the premises.”

Longtime Hill resident Brian Campbell, who owns the store with his wife, Mary Ann, said in an update to Hill Now that the trouble began when one of his employees sold a man a six-pack. Minutes later, the man returned to ask for a coffee cup, which the worker provided. The customer turned out to be an undercover Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration worker.

“Technically, we were in violation, but in spirit, I don’t think so,” Campbell said. “Do I think our employee maliciously gave away the cup thinking someone was going to go drink a six-pack of beer with it at the curb: no.

“We were fined $500 for essentially giving a cup away,” he continued, saying the business was charged an initial $500 plus an additional $150 fee.

The Cupboard is subject to a fine of $500 to $750 because it had a previous offense, a spokeswoman said in an update Monday. The business was fined $500 in July 2013 for how it posted its license and for being found without an Alcoholic Beverage Control manager on duty, records show.

The ABRA decision is not final; the board will make a ruling within 90 days.

ANC 6A is concerned about go-cups neighborhood-wide because they lead to public drunkenness, alcohol licensing committee chairman Jay Williams said.

“This is an issue both with bars and liquor stores, where people purchase alcohol at the establishment, then take it to go and end up drinking it on the sidewalk, in the alleyways, et cetera,” Williams said by email about the shop that sells groceries, organic food, wine and craft beers.

Campbell, whose family took over the business three years ago, said he likes being generous to neighbors, but caution must rule.

“Now, we just won’t give anyone a cup,” he said.

Photo via Google Maps


The Bachelor's MillThe 8th Street SE gay bar The Bachelor’s Mill has been fined $3,000 for improperly handling an assault this winter that led to a brutal slashing.

The District’s Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration ruled on Thursday that the club failed to protect the victim of a Feb. 2 attack by not following its security plan and allowing the establishment to be used for an “unlawful or disorderly purpose.”

Terrill Terry, 22, hit an acquaintance in the head with a beer bottle on one of the bar’s dance floors about 2:15 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 2, police said, according to ABRA’s report.

Terry and the 34-year-old victim then left the 1104 8th St. SE bar, and the victim told police that bar security ignored his report of the assault.

Moments later, on the 1100 block of 7th Street SE, Terry slashed the man’s face, neck and wrist with a box cutter, leaving him bleeding profusely, police said.

After the beer bottle attack, club staff should have directed Terry to the manager’s office or a “designated cooling area,” and put the victim in his car or in a cab, ABRA ruled.

Witnesses told police that Terry believed the victim had been making advances toward someone Terry described as his “husband,” Washington Blade reported.

The Bachelor’s Mill, which calls itself one of the oldest gay bars in the city, has often attracted complaints about noise and disorder, ANC 6B commissioner Kirsten Oldenburg said.

Locals are especially bothered by crowds that spill out onto the street when the club closes at 3 a.m. on its busiest nights, Thursday and Saturday.

“I have worked over and over with management, but nothing seems to help with the central problem of when the place closes on Thursday and Saturday nights,” Oldenburg wrote in an email.

Relatively few homes are located near the club now, but apartments are slated to open at 7th and L streets SE, and 816 Potomac Ave. SE is being renovated with new condos.

Court records show Terry — a La Plata, Maryland resident charged with armed assault with intent to kill — was released on bond in April on the conditions that he stay away from DC except for work or court, stay away from The Bachelor’s Mill and refrain from drinking alcohol. The case is ongoing.

Bachelor’s Mill staff did not immediately respond to an inquiry.

The Feb. 2 attack occurred just blocks from where Marine Michael Poth fatally stabbed fellow Marine Philip Bushong on April 21, 2012. Poth killed Bushong, 23, on the 700 block of Eighth Street SE. He was sentenced to 11 years in prison after being convicted of voluntary manslaughter in December 2013.


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