Developer negotiates new liquor license for renovated Allen Lee Hotel

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Nick Andricola.

A newly renovated hotel on F Street was awarded a liquor license earlier this month after a neighborhood group tried to block the measure two months ago.

The Allen Lee Hotel will be able to serve alcohol between 8 a.m and 11 p.m. on weekdays and until 12 a.m. on weekends on its sidewalk cafe, with different hours on the rooftop terrace and the courtyard terrace. Jim Abdo, the president and CEO of Abdo Development which is leading the renovation, said that he negotiated an agreement with the Foggy Bottom and West End Advisory Neighborhood Commission and the West End Citizens Association on Jan. 5 to quell neighbors’ original objections to the license.

The hotel, located at 23rd and F streets, has been under renovation since 2012. Once it’s finished, it will have 80 rooms that cost about $200 per night, according to Abdo’s plans from four years ago.

The ANC rejected Abdo Development’s original application for a liquor license in November for the new Allen Lee Hotel, which will be called “Hotel Hive,” after neighbors were concerned that the license would make the hotel too noisy.

Abdo said he would restrict the hours for the bar from his original proposition, when he requested to be able to sell alcohol until 2 a.m. on weeknights and until 3 a.m. on weekends in the hotel, and nix live and outside entertainment.

“We’ve already signed onto an agreement that meets the ANC’s concerns with their respect to hours,” Abdo said. “We will limit hours outside to reasonable hours on weeknights and weekends which is reasonable and consistent with that we want for the hotel.”

Abdo Development had originally bought the hotel for $3.6 million in 2006.

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