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Sport Cafe Plans to Occupy the Old Hollywood Video Store

Old video store

Old video store

The old video store at the Hollywood shopping complex ( 9925 Rhode Island Avenue) is going to get a new business – an African food restaurant. It’ called Kof Sport Cafe.

The owner Olawoyin Akintelure came to last night’s Council meeting to talk about the business and the class D liquor license they have submitted to the Board of License Commissioners (BOLC).

The City Attorney and Director of Public Services met with the applicant and his attorney to discuss the proposed business plan and liquor license application. A Property Use Agreement (PUA) was discussed. They are asking an alcohol-to-food ratio of 40/60%. No sale of pitchers of beer is proposed. The business plan is to market to the African community with a complementary menu, TV sports focusing on soccer, and live music. Seating is anticipated to provide approximately 20 dining room seats. A separate bar room is planned to accommodate 25 people. Total occupant load is anticipated not to exceed 50 people. Based upon the proposed business plan, live entertainment is anticipated on some nights. This may be African or jazz music. No cover charge is proposed. No checking of ID at the door is proposed. Security on live music nights and when high interest soccer games will be shown on TV is to be provided by hiring off-duty PGPD Officers. The PUA includes the requirement that the applicant obtain a Special Entertainment Permit, or an exemption from that permit, pending BOLC determination of such requirements.

Security will be as required if an entertainment license is necessary. Customer identification was discussed. The applicant will require an ID for each person purchasing or consuming alcoholic beverages.

While we’re excited to see the vacant store occupied by new business, we raised some concerns about amplified music, alcohol use and parking, as the business is very closed to a number of single family houses.

The applicant will meet with the nearby residents tomorrow at Davis Hall at 7 pm. The City Council may take a position at next Tuesday’s meeting.

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