We ran into some loyal readers at breakfast at Askale Cafe yesterday, and they were asking us what happened at the alcohol board hearing for Brookland’s Finest – thanks for the reminder to follow-up! Unfortuately, we could not attend the hearing, so we do not have a first-hand account of what happened. Thankfully, Tom Bridge, President of the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association did a stellar job of live tweeting the hearing. For those of you not on Twitter, he put together an account of the evening here.
From what we have gathered, both sides were well represented and the hearing ran into the early morning hours. I have heard that over 100 people attended and roughly 70 of them were restaurant supporters. I also heard from a number of sources that an ABRA Board member noted it was the highest level of community turn out for a hearing as she had ever experienced.
So what is next? Here is an excerpt from an email penned by Jose “Joe” Barrios, the Broklander who negotiated a settlement agreement with the Brookland’s Finest team.
Once the Board issues its ruling (in about 60 days), there will be the opportunity for requests for reconsideration and appeals to the DC Court of Appeals, all of which will add additional time and expense if the Board ruled in the restaurant’s favor. The chances of getting overturned on appeal are slim to none, as the ABC Board is quite experienced in what they need to do to avoid reversals.
So it looks like we might have a long and winding road still ahead of us on this one. We will let you know if we hear anything new.