Please Come to Queen of Sheba Restaurant ABC Protest Hearing, 09/06/07, 9:30 AM
At long last, the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will meet on Thursday, September 6, 2007, at 9:30 AM at 941 North Capitol Street, NE, Suite 7200 (Metro: Red Line, Union Station) for the Protest Hearing that will determine whether Queen of Sheba Restaurant, 1503 9th Street, NW, will be granted a license to serve alcohol. The restaurant opened in February of 2006 and has been struggling to survive without a liquor license, since 60% of an average restaurant's sales come from sales of alcohol. (Vegetate Restaurant and Lounge, the other restaurant that had been previously prevented from receiving a liquor license, got their license in March when the ABC Board dismissed the protests of Shiloh Baptist Church and associated groups.)
While Shiloh itself was dismissed as a protestant by the ABC Board, two groups associated with Shiloh continue to attempt to prevent this neighborhood friendly, reasonably priced, family owned and operated establishment from being part of our revitalizing neighborhood.
If you would like to demonstrate your support for this establishment, and by extension, your support for restaurants along 9th Street, you can come to the hearing and stand up and be counted. While you will not be able to testify, you will be able to be acknowledged as being present in support of the applicant at the beginning of Queen of Sheba's attorney's presentation of the case. You should be able to leave by 10:30 AM so you can get to work.
It is important that the ABC Board see that neighborhood residents support Queen of Sheba's application, since Shiloh-backed opponents have bussed in their crowd for hearings in the past.
If you have any questions about the hearing and your ability to stand up for Queen of Sheba at the hearing, please email or call at the number or email address below.
Thank you in advance for showing your support for our neighborhood's revitalization in general, and for Queen of Sheba Restaurant, in particular.
Alexander M. Padro
Commissioner, ANC 2C01
1519 8th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-3205
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
Show Support for Queen of Sheba: Attend Thursday's Hearing
The following is from Alex Padro on how we can best help Queen of Sheba in what appears to be its last round in the liquor license fight: