|Howard Theater in 2013 (Wikipedia)|
However, there will not be alcohol service on the area in front of the theater, Ellis said. The beer garden behind the theater has a projected capacity of "less than 200". There are no plans to have outside concerts, Ellis told the committee.
"We might have one person playing the guitar," he said.
There will also be food service. Ellis did not talk about the menu for food or drink, but he did say: "We have Right Proper Brewery right next door."
Liquor license aspects
The plan means a "substantial change" to the Howard Theater's liquor license. Any substantial change to a liquor-license must be
There was no vote by the committee. The Howard Theater will be back in front of ANC1B to request both to endorse its substantial change and to grant a stipulated license. A stipulated liquor license is one of the few powers an ANC has that is more than advisory in nature.
Liquor-licensing committee chair Nick Baumann asked Ellis to make sure the residential neighbors were consulted.
"We plan on knocking on every door," Ellis said.
Public space aspects
Another committee member asked if there was a traffic plan. She said valets from Howard Theater were parking customer vehicles in nearby residential alleys.
"Your valets are filling up the alleys," she said. "Do you have any plans to make it better?"
"When we come back, we will have a traffic plan," Ellis said.
The project may also require a public space use permit from the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). ANC Chair James Turner (Commissioner for district 09) asked Ellis to call on ANC1B's Transportation Committee to talk about public space aspects of the plan.
Ellis is also CEO of Howard Theater developer Ellis Development Group.
Thanks to Brain Molloy of the DC Liquor Law Blog for setting me straight on the length of the protest period (corrected above).