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The Black Squirrel gets its permit from DCRA

October 26, 2010 - 11:32 AM
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A quick update on The Black Squirrel's rather public dispute with D.C.'s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs over a permit to build a new bar in the basement of its Adams Morgan location: after submitting the requested revisions to its proposed plans, the bar received its permit on Monday, according to DCRA spokesperson Mike Rupert.

Owners Tom Knott and Amy Bowman acknowledged receipt of the permit on the bar's Twitter account Monday night. They also pondered offering DCRA a bit of an olive branch after spending several days last week tweeting complaints and insults at the department's employees. Those tweets prompted Rupert to post a public letter to Bowman that took issue with the bar's characterization of the permitting process.


Knott told TBD last week that he resorted to publicly flogging DCRA after what he claims was an 18-month process to get a single work permit for the basement expansion. DCRA has maintained that any delays were related to issues with the plans not being up to code.


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