From the January 2011 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:
In a standoff between Kavanagh’s (2400 Wisconsin Ave.) and the ANC, Kavanagh’s has prevailed. Last fall, the pizza place applied for a change to its liquor license to allow
alcohol service on its front patio it to stay open until 2 a.m. on weekdays and 3 a.m. on weekends. The ANC voted to oppose the change unless Kavanagh’s signed onto a voluntary agreement designed to limit outdoor noise. Kavanagh’s owner Kevin McFillin balked at the requirement, which might have diminished the value of his business if he should decide to sell.
After a mediation session November 23, the ANC dropped its opposition. According to commissioner Jackie Blumenthal, the mediator made clear that liquor license protests are for remedying existing problems, not for preventing future problems. “ANC3B doesn’t have any problems with Kavanagh’s or its management,” Blumenthal says. “We were only concerned about fairness”—every other Glover Park restaurant with outdoor alcohol service is bound by a voluntary agreement—“and about any potential future owner who might do something differently outside.”