Moratorium on Georgetown Liquor Licenses Coming to an End

A decades-old moratorium on new liquor licenses in Georgetown is coming to an end.

D.C.’s alcohol licensing board voted Wednesday to end the moratorium on new liquor licenses for restaurants and public spaces like theaters and galleries. The moratorium has been in place since 1988.

A ban remains on nightclubs and taverns due to a separate law.

In the 1980s, Georgetown residents objected to a dramatic increase in bars in the historic neighborhood.

Restaurants can apply for liquor licenses beginning April 9.

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