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Tavern liquor license available in Georgetown for first time in 20 years

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It could be an once-in-a-lifetime business opportunity for a restaurant or bar in the Georgetown historic district. For the first time in 20 years, the rules are temporarily changing on who can get an alcoholic beverage license for a tavern.

D.C. law allows a maximum of six taverns in the busy, bustling heart of Georgetown. There are only five now that The Saloun is out of business and its license expired on September 30.

The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) is now accepting applications from existing restaurants in the District who want to become a tavern or nightclub.

The license of the former Saloun, which used to be at 3239 M Street, NW, can now be transferred to a new owner or new location.

ABRA says it has received one application already from an existing restaurant, Gypsy Sally's on Water Street.

Josh Hermias, Economic Development Director of the Georgetown Business Improvement District, says the community has already embraced Gypsy Sally’s as a music venue and restaurant. He says if getting a tavern license helps their business, that would be great.


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