LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Restaurateurs are camped outside the Reeves Municipal Center in northwest Washington like bargain shoppers hoping to get a coveted blockbuster deal on the Friday after Thanksgiving. But instead of a tablet or big screen TV, they’re hoping to secure an extremely rare Georgetown liquor or tavern license.

The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration will begin accepting applications for three liquor licenses and one tavern license at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. It is just the second time in 20 years a tavern license has been made available in Georgetown.

When ABRA licenses are not available, prospective restaurant owners have been forced to purchase them for as much as $100,000 on a “black market” from businesses already owning one, according to The City Paper.

A moratorium severely restricting the number of liquor and tavern licenses available in Georgetown has been in effect for more than two decades.


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