Well, this isn’t surprising but is still sad to hear. DC’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has agreed to suspend DC9’s license to serve alcohol until the outcome of a yet to be scheduled hearing. This is of course following the death of Ali Ahmed Mohammed outside of DC9 early Friday morning and the subsequent arrest of 5 DC9 employees in connection with the death.

I missed this the first time around because somehow Gmail thought it was spam. Saint Ex is appealing to their neighbors regarding their liquor classification and their business model in general. Excerpt of the letter here, full letter after the jump.

Our successful business model, sometimes referred to as a “gastropub” or a “brasserie,” has posed a regulatory challenge for the ABRA. The success of operations that blend restaurant and bar is in high demand by many of the young, single professional DC residents that have recently moved to the city.  But, this demand has also caused many groups of vocal and active neighbors to demand that ABRA strictly define these businesses into either restaurants or taverns and enforce regulations accordingly.  This increased enforcement of kitchen closing times and other restaurant restrictions to slow the growth of the restaurant-bar hybrid is only encouraging operations like Café Saint-Ex to seek Tavern licenses in order to maintain control over their businesses.

Café Saint-Ex wishes to operate legally, but does not know of a successful way to extend our kitchen hours without compromising our dedication to food quality, or compromising our fiscal responsibility to our investors.  The only other option is converting to a Tavern, but this term has become a lightning rod for conflict in the neighborhood.

Get in touch with your local ANC and voice your opinion. I certainly don’t want to see St. Ex go anywhere, in between meeting my boyfriend there, enjoying their patio, and having fun, crazy dance nights there, it’s become important to me. And it is definitely an important part of the neighborhood’s character.

Full letter after the jump.

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