On Saturday, we posted the agenda for May’s ANC 5B meeting, which was held last night. The agenda listed three items: the Metropolitan Police Department, DC Public Works, and the Office of People’s Council. So, we thought it would be a pretty uneventful meeting. Little did we know that ANC 5B-04 Commissioner Steptoe would introduce a resolution, and the Commission would take a vote, to protest the Brookland’s Finest liquor license by the end of the meeting. From what we understand, the resolution was procedurally sound. Commissioners are allowed to introduce resolutions under “new business”, which is always an agenda item (though not listed on the meeting’s notice – as detailed agendas are not required on those). For those of you interested, here is a video of the portion of the meeting regarding the Brookland’s Finest liquor license.
The vote resulted on a 3 to 1 decision. Commissioners Steptoe, Jones, and Higgins voted to protest and Commissioner Bridge voted against the protest. Many readers have reached out to us asking how they can support the Brookland’s Finest team and make this restaurant a reality. A member of the community created a Yahoo! Group in the support of the restaurant – you can join here. Really though, to be profitable, a restaurant like this needs a liquor license. The Brookland’s Finest team has applied to DC’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) for a ”Tavern” license. At this point, since the ANC Commissioners have voted already, you may write to ABRA directly expressing your support. ABRA will take the ANC 5B vote result into consideration, but they also consider other factors. ABRA can be contacted at: 2000 14th Street, NW, Suite 400S Washington, DC 20009. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (202) 442-4423.
You may want to let your ANC Commissioner know how you feel about their vote. Most of Brookland is divided into 5 Single Member Districts (SMDs), each represented by a Commissioner. As a whole, it is called ANC 5B. The ANC 5B Commissioners are as follows and the mailing address of ANC 5B is: ANC 5B Office, 1322 Irving Street, NE Washington DC 20017. Here are their email addresses and a map of ANC 5B so you can figure out who is your ANC Commissioner.
(5B-01) Shirley Rivens-Smith – email@example.com
(5B-02) Ursula Higgins – firstname.lastname@example.org
(5B-03) Tiffany Bridge – email@example.com
(5B-04) Carolyn C. Steptoe – firstname.lastname@example.org
(5B-05) Jenese L. Jones – email@example.com