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No More Booze Woes for Bobby Lew’s Saloon

At an Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration hearing today, a representative of Bobby Lew's Saloon said things were better. Back in September, the establishment, located at 2006 18th St. NW, was scrutinized by the liquor administration for selling too much alcohol and not enough food to be in compliance with their restaurant-class license.

That amounted to some "bad publicity," owner Matrin Corboy told the board. If that's true, the establishment has dealt with such P.R. disasters before; in 2009, they faced the same licensing problem.

But Corboy said at the status hearing that, though total sales are down, the establishment now has enough patrons ordering food to keep qualifying for its license. The saloon needs to do food sales that equal or surpass either $2,000 per seat, or 45 percent of the business's gross annual receipts. "i feel confident that as long as Adams Morgan holds we're moving in the right direction," said Corboy.

Corboy mentioned that some of the regulars that will be helping the business along come from the local World Adult Kickball Association, which, Corboy mentioned as an aside, is thriving financially. "What's their expenses? A t-shirt? A rubber ball?"

Photo by Kyle May Creative Commons Attribution License 2.0 Generic

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