Menomale, Pizza Napoletana and Craft Beer, Facing Liquor License Fight in Brookland

2711 12th St, NE

Looks like All Souls isn’t the only one with a liquor license fight on its hands. There has been an epic back and forth on the Brookland listserv. The owners of Menomale write:

We could not be more thrilled with the out pour of support from the neighborhood! Though this has been one slowing process after the next, this has also been an invaluable opportunity to meet/chat with everyone personally.

When we had begun the process for our ABRA license we had invited Mr. Bennett over to the restaurant to view our progress. We had a wonderful talk for over an hour at which time Mr. Bennett pledged his support and invited us to introduce ourselves at an ANC Meeting. We attended several meetings even providing food. This again was awesome, and generally had a blast meeting everybody. Following the meetings Mr. Bennett did not return our calls or emails for 2 weeks. During which time we received a letter from ABRA stating that signatures had been collected against us initiating the protest process.

To be clear our license intentions have at all times been open and vocal. We clearly discussed this and even fielded questions at our first ANC meeting.

Collecting signatures this past weekend several neighbors informed us that Mr. Bennett had campused their house collecting protest signatures.

In all honesty we had felt a bit betrayed and hurt after his open pledge of support.

Thank you everyone for your time.

Your Friends,

We learned that Menomale hoped to come to 2711 12th St, NE back in Jan. 2012. Stay tuned.

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