ANC Wrapup: Philly P, public enemy number one

Philly PizzaTuesday night’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting came after a very happy morning for the organization and the neighborhood, in which Mayor Adrian Fenty (D) visited Georgetown to announce that the Circulator’s service on Wisconsin Avenue would not be discontinued. In this spirit of goodwill, the ANC unanimously approved a thank-you letter to Mayor Fenty for his sympathy to residents.

Apparently that goodwill did not translate into holiday spirit, though, as Commissioner Charles Eason criticized the Georgetown Business Improvement District’s plans for its 2nd annual “Merriment in Georgetown” celebration.

Planned for Sunday, December 6 at the corner of M St. & Wisconsin Ave., “Merriment in Georgetown” will feature free photos with Santa, hot chocolate and cider and strolling carolers. Sounds delightful, but Eason was concerned that the celebration is too disruptive to traffic and that not enough residents will attend. Thankfully, that didn’t stop the ANC from approving “merriment”.

The tensions over the new Philly Pizza location on Potomac St. are boiling over. The late-night hot-spot has been a thorn in the side of neighbors since it opened.

At last night’s meeting, Potomac St. residents shared eye-witness accounts of “intoxicated teenagers,” Commissioner Bill Starrels provided photos of the “mob scene” present early Saturday morning and referenced reviews on Yelp.com glorifying the pizza’s particular appeal to drunken folks. According to the ANC, Philly P’s lack of space, liquor license and general chaos separates it from other late-night establishments.

An important meeting regarding the fate of Philly P’s will be held next week, involving the ANC, Metro, Councilman Evans’ office and Georgetown President Jack DiGioia. Although the details seemed a bit hazy at the meeting about what can actually be done, it’s clear that nobody from the ANC is a fan of thin, tasteless slices of pizza doused in ranch sauce.

9 Comments on “ANC Wrapup: Philly P, public enemy number one

  1. Why did they approve the move of Philly P in the first place, given what they know of its clientele at those hours?

    Damned if you do, damned if you dont?

  2. The ANC didn’t approve anything. The owners moved into a commercial space that was formerly used to teach piano lessons. The fact that they don’t have a liquor license means that they never had to come before the ANC to get their “approval” (the actual mechanics are that when a new establishment wants a liquor license, the ANC protests the license as a matter of course. Then they hash out a “voluntary” agreement with the establishment (CAG will frequently be a signatory too). Once that’s done, then ABRA will decide on whether they get a license or not. From that point forward, the ANC and CAG can hold the establishment to the voluntary agreement. But if a restaurant simply doesn’t serve alcohol, ABRA has no jurisdiction and the ANC doesn’t get a chance to weigh in unless there’s some zoning issue).

    In fact, this place has already violated the zoning code and the Old Georgetown Act multiple times with the alterations it did to the building with the proper permission. It’s just a matter of time before the hammer comes down.

  3. 1. This is one I will admit I might agree with the neighbors on. It was stupid for Philly P to move so far away. They know that their customer base is the student body. That place belongs closer to campus for the sake of everyone involved (the comfort of neighbors, safety of students, etc.). Dumb move on their part to go that far out.

    2. Georgetowner still sounds like a neighbor with a stick up his ass. Sorry to break this to you, but most places in the world would consider “The Old Georgetown Act” to be the biggest sign of douche-baggery outside of Fenway Park.

  4. My mistake on the approval then (given the ruckus raised over the Apple Store, I thought that was a consistent policy for all businesses in the area).

    And Philly P shouldn’t have moved given what they should know about the fickle opinions of the neighborhood. They know exactly that the customer base they get most (3 am on Fri/Sat) will cause problems.

  5. This is what Philly P gets for moving further away from campus. Not that a return to the old location would appease those bastards on the ANC anyway.

  6. Does the ANC really think that DiGioia has nothing better to do than to come to one of their complaining sessions? If he has to appear in front of the neighborhood to represent drunk student with the munchies every time they venture outside the Georgetown walls, how will he ever find the time he needs to sidestepping groups within the University?

  7. I’m fed up with old rich people who spend their days fretting about everyone else. And can I just point something out about these people… you all know the historic Wormley School Building on Prospect St was owned by GU until a few years back. GU had wanted to renovate the dilapidated historic building into additional classroom space for students… but somehow the old folks brigade kept that from happening, in part because they didn’t want increased student traffic. So the University sells the building and now it’s high end condos for rich people. God forbid an historic school building was used for learning.

    And now students are eating pizza at night! Heaven help us, but I think it’s a fair trade… we get to eat pizza and rich people get to have million dollar bubble baths in a building that supposed to be for students.

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