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$20 Burgers in DC vs. Chain Hell?


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$20 Burgers in DC vs. Chain Hell?

MakingSense | Jul 20, 2007 01:39 PM

Interesting article in today's Post about the enormous increase in property taxes for small businesses in DC and how it's affecting some locally owned restaurants, such as Colonel Brooks' Tavern, Tabard Inn, Blues Alley and Madam's Organ. Some of them have seen their taxes double in a year. Developing restaurant areas such as Columbia Heights are suffering. The H Street Playhouse has been an anchor for the new entertainment district on H Street and their taxes have more than doubled.
Councilmember Jack Evans tried to present legislation for commercial property tax caps to help suffering small businesses but got little support from the rest of the council.
Evans says that if this continues, the only businesses that can afford to locate in DC are Starbucks and other chains.
Colonel Brooks is thinking of closing, selling or just redeveloping the property as something else. The owner says, "No matter what, you can't charge $20 for a hamburger."
What's wrong with DC? Do they want to doom us to Chain Hell?

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