Our Long Bagel Wars Should Come to an End Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the DC Board of Zoning Adjustment will meet and likely decide on the fate of the Georgetown Call Your Mother bagel shop.

This long, stupid, fight has gone on since last fall. After multiple hearings, the board still wasn’t prepared to decide back in December. And moreover, they gave a neighbor party status, which delayed matters further.

Tomorrow the board is expected to decide whether to grant the restaurant an area variance to operate as a corner store. Theoretically they could vote against that and still vote to grant a use variance, but GM thinks it more likely they’ll either vote for the area variance or reject it altogether. (And GM thinks the former is more likely).

If approved, Call Your Mother has previously said they’d open up right away. If they don’t get approved, they could still operate as a non-prepared food store and just sell untoasted bagels. But whether they’d really go forward with that is unclear.

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