What Bars Could Take Advantage of a Later Last Call Law

Yesterday, GM mentioned how the Mayor recently proposed to change the last call rules in DC to allow bars to serve alcohol to 3 am on weekdays and 4 am on weekends. GM briefly mentioned that a lot of Georgetown restaurants and bars wouldn’t be able to take advantage of that change since so many of them are subject to voluntary agreements that restrict the hours they may stay open, not withstanding what the law allows.

But some restaurants and bars aren’t subject to a voluntary agreement. Who are those establishments? This very question was answered in January 2009 when the city allowed bars to stay open till 4:00 AM over inauguration weekend. At that time, GM determined that the following establishments weren’t subject to a voluntary agreement:

  • Cafe Bonaparte
  • Don Lobos
  • Georgetown Inn (may include Daily Grill)
  • La Chaumiere
  • Mendocino
  • Mei N Yu
  • Miss Saigon
  • News Cafe (now Thunder Burger)
  • Taj of India
  • Tombs
  • Additi (now closed)
  • Amman Vegetarian Kitchen (now Crepe Amour)
  • Arisu (now Shanghai Lounge)
  • Bistro Francais
  • Bistro Lepic
  • Blues Alley
  • Bodega
  • Booeymonger
  • Casbah/Ledo’s Pizza
  • Chez Mama San (now closed)
  • Riverside Grill
  • Clydes
  • Filomena
  • Harmony Cafe
  • J Pauls
  • La Ruche
  • Mortons
  • Nathan’s (now Serendipity 3)
  • Pizzeria Uno
  • The Guards
  • Sea Catch

In the end only Clyde’s, Nathans, Bistro Francais, Four Seasons, Bodega, and News Cafe served drinks late. GM somewhat doubts the new proposal will be adopted, but it would be interesting to see if these bars became “after hours” destinations. Well, at least it would be interesting to GM if he weren’t dead asleep at that ungodly hour.

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