WASHINGTON — The District is giving bars and restaurants the chance for a lot more business during the inauguration, and giving patrons more time to drink and dine.
The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration says the deadline to register for extended operating hours is Jan. 9.
Eligible establishments that register will be allowed to serve alcoholic beverages until 4 a.m. and to operate 24 hours a day during “inaugural week,” which the agency defines as Jan. 14-22. That nine-day stretch includes two full weekends for establishments to take advantage of extended hours.
The fee to register ranges from $50 to $250, depending on the kind of establishment.
Keeping the bar open until 4 a.m. will also mean keeping the kitchen open a little longer.
The inaugural license does not change the District’s “two-hour kitchen requirement,” meaning restaurants serving alcoholic beverages until 4 a.m. will be required to serve food until 2 a.m.