DC Bar In Hot Water Due To Its Liquor License…Again

After getting shut down by the Alcoholic Beverage Control in November, this speakeasy bar in Washington, DC reopens, but regulators still have a bone to pick.

It turns out, however, The Speak may still be a real speakeasy. According to Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration spokesperson Jessie Cornelius, it’s a violation for an establishment to operate under any trade name that has not been approved by the liquor board. The Speak is not an approved trade name—only Vieux Carre is listed on the liquor license. Cornelius says ABRA is investigating the matter.

Any business that deals with or serves alcohol is going to be heavily regulated and scrutinized. Big brother ABC is watching. Let the experts handle the filing for your liquor licenses, so you can make sure you’re in the clear.