3200 block of O St.
You’d think of all places, Georgetown would have a Lilly Pulitzer store. That oversight appears to be coming to an end soon. The ANC agenda indicates that a new Lilly Pulitzer is moving in.
From the agenda the address is 1079 1/2 Wisconsin Ave. GM’s not exactly sure what address this is. The Jack Wills store is at 1079 Wisconsin. The next building up the street is the old Nathans building. Is 1079 1/2 the second floor of the Jack Wills address? Part of the old Nathans building? We’ll see.
Anyway, soon looking like a vision of acid dropped at an 80s cocktail party will be steps away.
Last week, William Offut made the case in the Washington Post that the name Dumbarton, as used by various Georgetown locales, is incorrect and that they should all use the name Dunbarton.
Offut’s argument boils down to an assertion that the name is at its heart a joke. Ninian Beall, who came to own all the land that became Georgetown, was a Scotsman who fought for Charles II against Oliver Cromwell after the fall and execution of Charles I. Beall was there when a greatly outnumbered English army destroyed the Scottish army at the Battle of Dunbar. Offut claims that when Beall obtained the land that became Georgetown decades later, he was making a joke on the name Dunbar when he called the plot the “Rock of Dunbarton”
This may be a familiar argument to longtime Georgetown Metropolitan readers. It’s the same one Offut make in a comment here five years ago.
Is it correct though?
It’s hard to tell. As GM wrote five years ago, the name of the street used to sometimes be called Dunbarton. And, old records do refer to the land grant as “Rock of Dunbarton”. But plenty of old records use Dumbarton or Rock of Dumbarton, too. Continue reading
Last month the Georgetown Business Improvement District issued a whitepaper calling for the end of the Georgetown liquor license moratorium. After meetings and negotiations with the Citizens Association of Georgetown and the ANC, a draft agreement is circulating that, if agreed to, would call on the ABC Board to effectively end the liquor license moratorium as we know it.
The proposed deal has been approved by the BID board but hasn’t been voted on by CAG or the ANC. (Disclosure: GM is on the board of CAG, and will be voting on the measure, but did not actually take part in any of the negotiations.) The agreement would call for the ABC board to end the Georgetown moratorium. In its place would be an enhanced vetting system to ensure that only legitimate operations get to the placard-stage of the license issuing process. Continue reading