D.C.'s ABC Board considers alcohol changes in Dupont Circle

(WJLA) - The District of Columbia's liquor board is overhauling and extending its regulations regarding liquor licenses near Dupont Circle.

The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board voted Wednesday to extend a three-year moratorium on license expansion in the East Dupont Circle area, but made significant changes to the regulations in the process.

While the moratorium will continue to allow the issuance of two licenses to taverns, exempt hotels and prohibit the licensing of nightclubs, the new regulations lift the cap on restaurants, multipurpose facilities and off-premise retailers.

The moratorium zone extends 600 feet in all directions from the intersection of 17th and Q streets Northwest.

Liquor board officials say that a 30-day public comment period on the new regulations is now open. The emergency rules are in effect pending permanent approval from the D.C. Council.

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