Sticky Rice’s Liquor License Suspended November 13-27 on H Street

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More big news from Barred in DC:

“The hipster sushi/dance party H Street spot Sticky Rice has been severely punished by the Alcohol Beverage Control Board for ejecting two Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) investigators last New Year’s Eve. The bar cannot serve booze for a 15 day period next month and must pay a $4,000 fine; another 10 days of the liquor license suspension will be served if any violations occur in the next year.”

They report the penalty will be served Nov. 13th-27th. You can see the full ABRA report here – Sticky Rice – 13-CMP-00012 – 10 16 2013

Sticky Rice is located at 1224 H St, NE.

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  • seems like they got what they deserved? throwing out ABRA inspectors = kinda dumb.

  • I wonder if it was stupid, or calculated? As in: we’ll rake in more cash doing something illegal on NYE than we will lose in fines and suspensions on any non-NYE date.

    • I think that is the intention of the $4,000 fine and shutting them down for 15 days, to ensure that this kind of thinking does not occur.

      After reading the document, it certainly appears sticky rice was in the wrong. You can’t just decide when ABRA can come and inspect. As a business, they know this, and should be held to a higher standard. I think the $4k and the 15 day suspension is reasonable. You need to make an example out of egregious situations like this. He should have just let the inspectors do their job, and be on their way.

  • Wait, so this happened nearly a year ago and they are just now getting punished?

  • justinbc

    After reading the whole briefing, that’s just really odd. Granted, it’s obviously written with a lot of subjective wording, in favor of the ABRA employees. Honestly if they just wanted to see the licenses, and they were presumably in good order, then what the hell was he making such a big fuss over?

    • Sticky Rice MUST have been trying to hide something from the inspectors – no reason to kick them out otherwise.

      • justinbc

        The description sounds like the dude was trippin on something. But again, it’s clearly biased.

      • I don’t know. I agree with the above poster. There was lots of subjective wording in favor of ABRA inspectors but that is also how any briefing is written be it ABRA, charges in court, police statements etc…always slanted with loaded wording. However, I also don’t think the Sticky Rice manager was thinking too clearly and it definitely seems fishy he would give them the boot, when even this brief states there would have been no violations otherwise. I think maybe just the fact they chose 2:15 am on new years eve to ask for Sticky Rices’ documents. Probably just about the most frustrating hectic time in a bar managers life I imagine. That could explain the bizarre behavior.

  • - Is it typical for ABRA inspectors to show up at 2am on what must be one of the busiest days of the year to check a license? The whole thing sounds bizarre. I’m also wondering though, if the manager had genuine questions about the legitimacy of the inspectors or their identification documents, is there anywhere that he could call to check at 2am on New Year’s Day? Strange.

    • Do people go around impersonating ABRA inspectors? What would an unscrupulous person would have to gain by looking at a liquor license? Sounds paranoid to me.

      • I agree with you re: the paranoia . I was just wondering what was common practice. i.e. is it more likely that inspectors would come on NY Eve BECAUSE it’s the busiest night of the year, or more likely that they would come during an off time — especially since it seems like they were routinely checking the license, not investigation suspected violations. I’m also wondering if someone had a legitimate question, how one would handle it at 2am on NYE.
        And while I don’t know what anyone would have to gain by impersonating ABRA inspectors, I DO know a few people who would view doing so on NYE as an amusing prank….

  • lovefifteen

    Some drugs make people behave in a paranoid fashion … just sayin’ …

  • I know all these guys and I know the story outside of what’s in that document.

    The ABRA people didn’t have their credentials in order at all and were generally acting weird and trying to get into areas of the restaurant they shouldn’t have been going into. I’m not saying that all of the decisions that were made were the correct ones, but there is still a lot of ass-covering going on here and the penalty is way too harsh for what actually happened. ABRA is trying to send a very strong message that you can’t kick their people out under any circumstances, which I can understand, but this is a real ugly way to try to make that point and I don’t believe they’re on the strongest footing.

    No, there was nothing illegal going on. No, no one was trying to pull a fast one on anybody. This was just a bad situation on the craziest bar night of the year that started messy and stayed that way.

  • That place is the worst managed restaurant on H Street. Wait times for a table seem to be numbers picked at random (I’ve been told that there will be a 30 minute wait, walked upstairs, found an empty table myself, then was promptly seated). Hopefully this episode will lead to management and that surly hostess being kicked to the curb. The narrative detailing how aggressive management was with ABRA investigators is exhibit A for why pretty much everyone involved in management there should be sacked.

    • Have to agree, the service here is abysmal. The food is pretty good, but Jesus you have to put up with some surly hipster bitchery to get it. My only guess is that they’re successful due to lack of competition nearby.

      • I’ve been saying this for YEARS. Worst service ever and the sushi is mediocre at best.

        I’m going to open up a kickstarter campaign to open up a new sushi place on H street. Where the service is great, employees are friendly, and food is fresh and delicious and prices aren’t ridiculously high.

        WHO’S COMING WITH ME???

  • That place is sketchy as hell. This really doesn’t surprise me.

  • Why does the report include all the inspectors’ observations and reactions, and nothing from the other party? (Just curious.)

    • for the most obvious of reasons? ABRA is the one writing this report

      • I’m surprised that no attempt at even-handedness was made. Given that it’s structured like a trial/ conviction/ sentence…

    • Because it’s not a report. It’s a listing of the facts they found, the conclusions of law and the judgment. You don’t have to list every fact that was alleged, only those that you find to be truthful.

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