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Georgetown BID Offers Guidance to Navigate Liquor License Application Process

May 20, 2015

Contact: Rachel Cothran
Communications Director

Georgetown BID Offers Guidance to Navigate Liquor License Application Process
D.C. Government makes four sought-after ABC licenses available in Georgetown

Washington, D.C., May 20, 2015 – The Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) welcomes the announcement earlier today that the D.C. Government’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) will begin accepting applications for four licenses beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 25.

Georgetown is Washington's most iconic shopping destination, with more than 120 restaurants, cafes and bakeries in addition to more than 350 stores, salons and galleries. Welcoming new, high-quality restaurants is an important part of sustaining Georgetown’s status as a world-renowned neighborhood. The majority of the Georgetown commercial district is inside of one of five moratorium zones in the District of Columbia; others include Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle East & West, and Glover Park.

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."

The ABRA announcement covers four restaurant licenses that became available from the cancellation of existing, but unused, licenses.

“The BID frequently helps interested restaurant operators to understand and navigate the Georgetown retail landscape by providing demographic and market statistics, and connecting entrepreneurs with individuals and organizations that help businesses launch in our historic neighborhood,” says Joshua Hermias, the BID's economic development director. “We urge interested restaurants to contact us before and after June 25 because there are always opportunities to open high-quality, innovative restaurants in Georgetown.”


About the Georgetown Business Improvement District
The Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing the accessibility, attractiveness and overall appeal of Georgetown. Established in 1999 by its property owners and merchants, the Georgetown BID has more than 1,000 members. The organization is located in the heart of Georgetown in Washington, D.C and sets a standard of excellence in preserving historic charm while meeting contemporary needs. From marketing and special events, to transportation, economic development, destination management and streetscape, the Georgetown BID contributes to the vitality and quality of life in Georgetown. For more information please visit Also connect with Georgetown on Twitter:, Facebook:, Instagram: and YouTube: