Monday, November 15, 2010

dismissing most of the protestants` concerns, ABRA grants Bear Cafe gets its liquor license

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.


  1. Congratulations to Stuart on this well-deserved victory! Thank you for everything you've done to make Bloomingdale a great place to live.

  2. Look like more drama on BBC. Residents of 5C03 have submitted a resolution to objection to Zoning Board Case 10-14 to change BBC from a R-4 to C2A. The Resolution was read last night at the ANC meeting and will be voted on at the Dec ANC meeting! The Drama lives on!

  3. Congratulations! looking forward to drinking red wine in the winter.

  4. Right now they have a Swedish style mulled wine at Room 11 served warm...

    They also have Scandinavian blankets (Ikea??)that people can use if they want to sit outdoors and enjoy the autumn evenings.

    Imagine having a mulled wine outside in our neighborhood while watching neighbors roll in to buy christmas trees...

    There may be carolers during the Craft Market as well on Sunday, Dec 5th at the BBC.

    In the mean time you can see the Room 11 website here: