From the May 2009 Glover Park Gazette:
Up at Town Hall at 2218 Wisconsin, construction of a rooftop deck has been further delayed. The Alcoholic Beverage Control Board issued an order in March approving table service there, but the restaurant’s managing partner, Paul Holder, has filed a motion for reconsideration of the order. A public hearing on the matter will be held May 6.
The problem, it seems, is that the ABC Board’s order requires that a “cinderblock” wall be built to protect a nearby rental house from crowd noise. Although last May’s original voluntary agreement between Town Hall and the Advisory Neighborhood Commission did specify a cinderblock wall, Holder says, the rental house’s owner later objected to the material. Holder’s architect and structural engineer then redesigned the wall to use “composite materials that would mitigate our direct neighbor’s concerns and would actually be more effective” at blocking noise, he says. This change was reflected in an August amendment to the voluntary agreement, but not in the ABC Board order.
Holder is requesting no other changes to the order; he says he only wants permission to build the wall as agreed, even though it will cost “tens of thousands of dollars” more than cinderblock would. “At the end of the day, we don’t want to be in violation of the ABC order because we abided by the spirit and not the letter of the law,” he says.