The District’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board is poised to lift its 27-year moratorium on new liquor licenses in Georgetown, which locals say is to blame for the slow growth of the area’s restaurant scene compared to Shaw or the 14 St. NW corridor. Kojo explores what may change for Georgetown if the moratorium is lifted and how liquor licenses shape the development of the city’s restaurant scene.


  • Ian Hilton Restaurateur; Owner, Chez Billy, El Rey, American Ice Company, The Satellite Room, The Gibson, The Brixton
  • Bill Starrels Vice-Chair, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2E in Georgetown and Berleith
  • Joe Sternlieb CEO, Georgetown Business Improvement District

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