From the Housing Complex blog at the Washington City Paper:
Long Time Coming: Big Bear Cafe Gets its License
Posted by Lydia DePillis on Nov. 13, 2010 at 1:04 pm
On November 3, after months of negotiation with neighbors and being denied by the local ANC, the Big Bear Cafe ~ represented in its ABRA board hearing by the liquor licensing pro Andrew Kline ~ was granted its license.
Big Bear didn`t get everything it wanted: The Board, while dismissing most of the protestants` concerns about trash, noise, and zoning, confined the Cafe`s hours to midnight on weekends and 11:00 p.m. on weekdays, with outdoor music to cease at 9:00 p.m.
Don`t expect the beer to start flowing immediately, though. Owner Stu Davenport said the speedy decision ~ which took only a third of the Board`s 90-day window ~ took him by surprise, and he has no immediate plans to start serving alcohol, except for a December 5th art market where spiked cider will be in the offing.