Wednesday, September 1, 2010

ANC to Seek New Agreement for Black's Restaurant on 14th Street

At tonight's ANC2F meeting, the Commission discussed the as-yet-unnamed Jeff Black-operated restaurant coming to 1612 14th Street (next door to HR-57).

As you may recall, the space was originally slated to become a sustainable seafood-focused restaurant from local restaurateur Barton Seaver. Seaver had negotiated a voluntary agreement for the space with the ANC, however construction of the restaurant never moved forward. Jeff Black, whose other restaurants include the eponymous Black's in Bethesda and Blacksalt in the Palisades, announced plans to open a restaurant in the space in July.

At tonight's meeting, ANC2f commissioner Charles Reed said that Black notified the ANC of his intent to vacate the Seaver-negotiated VA for the space because of disagreements with certain components of it. Among those reasons cited was a clause forbidding the opening of an outdoor summer garden, which Black would like to include in his plans. Citing concerns over potential noise and vermin problems for nearby residents, Reed indicated that the ANC would protest the license application in order to negotiate a new VA with Black.

The issue was supposed to have been discussed this evening; however, the space did not have placards posted yet so no discussion could take place. Stay tuned for more on this one...

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I always thought VA's were attached to the restaurant. But instead, they are attached to the physical space?

Anonymous said...

Jeff Black wants to bring a restaurant to our neighborhood, and the ANC is worried about having a VA with him? Gimme a break. Vote those clowns out.

Mr. 14th & You said...

Anon #1 - VAs can be transferred from one licensee to another, but the "new" licensee will be bound by the terms in the existing VA if it is transferred. Black wants to pursue a summer garden, which Seaver's VA didn't allow for. Hence, the renegotiation.

Anon #2 - Every new licensee into the neighborhood will have a VA either with one of the ANCs or with one of the citizen groups. It doesn't mean the ANC doesn't want the restaurant here.

Anonymous said...

I'm a bit confused. What is a summer garden? Is that outdoor seating?

Anonymous said...

Mr. 14th: Who says every new licensee should have a VA?? It is time for business operators to say no mas, and hold out for a hearing. If the restrictions desired by these vigilante citizen's group are so desirable, they should be in the law. If not, forget 'em.

Mr. 14th & You said...

"Who says every new licensee should have a VA?"

The people who live there, typically.