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Georgetown Waterfront Park

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Peak Inside a Gutted Church

The Alexander Memorial Baptist church complex on N St. is currently being converted into condos and a single family residence.

And above is a photo of what the interior looks like right now as shared by the project’s realtor. Makes you wonder what the sanctuary could have been made into if the plans for its conversion to a single family use had gone through. Continue reading

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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

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Key Bridge

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The Liquor License Moratorium is Broken

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The Georgetown liquor license moratorium is broken and we’ll continue to get mediocre bars and restaurants, or none at all, until we fix it.

Even a cursory review of the recent liquor license history in Georgetown supports this conclusion:

In 2012, after business and community leaders reached an agreement, the city reauthorized the liquor license moratorium but added an additional seven licenses to the cap. This was done in recognition that seven licenses had “left” Georgetown since the moratorium began and thus the cap was even lower than when the moratorium was enacted. It was also done with the express hope that “new blood” would be good for the restaurant scene, which most agreed had grown stale.

What happened to these new licenses? Pretty much nothing. Six went to restaurants that have either since closed or never opened in the first place. The only license that remains in use is the license to Paul Bakery, which was already open before it acquired the license.

In 2014, ABRA released four additional licenses that had been turned in. What happened to those? So far, again, pretty much nothing. None of the planned restaurants have opened. For instance, there was supposed to be a brick oven pizza restaurant at 1419 Wisconsin Ave. Amazon Andes left months ago, there’s a for rent sign and no sign of any restaurant construction.

And yesterday ABRA announced four more licenses were now going to be available. The BID cheered this news, writing:

In the past year several critically acclaimed concepts opened their doors in Georgetown, including Fiola Mare (led by James Beard award winner Fabio Trabocchi), Chez Billy Sud (from restauranteurs Eric and Ian Hilton), and a revamped Grill Room (led by James Beard award winner Frank Ruta). These debuts drew Washington Post editor Tom Siestma’s conclusion that restaurant happenings in the neighborhood are “looking skyward.”

Those three restaurants have definitely attracted a lot of attention and changed many people’s opinion of whether Georgetown is still a place for fine dining. Continue reading

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Potomac River

Potomac River

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