Brentwood Council wants earlier closing time for new restaurant

Brentwood Town Council wants to change the closing time of a forthcoming eatery and cocktail bar on Rhode Island Avenue. 

This past July, the Prince George’s County Board of License Commissioners (more commonly known as the Liquor Board) unanimously approved an application by restaurateur and culinary entrepreneur April Richardson’s Savor at 3807 “food hall” allowing the establishment to serve alcohol from 11 a.m. to midnight, Sunday through Thursday, and between 11 a.m. and 2 a.m. on Saturday. The eatery and cocktail bar will be located inside the still-under-construction Studio at 3807 apartment building at, appropriately, 3807 Rhode Island Avenue. But the Liquor Board approved that license without taking the opinion of Brentwood’s Town Council into consideration. Prior to the Liquor Board’s approval of Richardson’s application, Brentwood Council members had drafted a letter asking that the restaurant’s closing time be limited to midnight each night. That letter was not sent to the Liquor Board by the time they approved Savor’s liquor license.

Brentwood Council calls out Mount Rainier on fire funding

Brentwood Volunteer Fire Department’s quest to replace two of its aging fire trucks is being hampered by a lack of funding from many municipalities served by the department. At its August 15, 2018, meeting, Brentwood Town Council had harsh words for surrounding municipalities, alleging their failure to fund the Brentwood Volunteer Fire Department puts their communities at risk. During that meeting, Council considered and approved a funding request submitted by William Broadus, chief and president of the Brentwood Volunteer Fire Department. “I don’t feel fair that we are the only ones that put money in there and you have to service all of them,” said Brentwood Mayor Rocio Treminio-Lopez during discussion of the funding request. In all, it was a small measure.

Embezzlement alleged at Brentwood Volunteer Fire Dept.

A former president of the Brentwood Volunteer Fire Department has been charged with embezzling up to $100,000 from the department. 

In May 2018, a Prince George’s County grand jury issued an indictment against former BVFD president and Lusby resident Steven Michael King. King is also the son of Prince George’s County Fire Commission Vice Chair and District One Commission representative William H. “Buddy” King. The indictment alleges that Steven King perpetrated a scheme to steal between $25,000 and $100,000 worth of property and currency from the BVFD between Jan. 1, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2016.

Liquor license approved for Brentwood ‘food hall’

After a slight delay, a forthcoming Brentwood eatery, Savor at 3807, has been approved for a liquor license. 

At its July 24, 2018 meeting, the Prince George’s County Board of License Commissioners – commonly known as the Liquor Board – unanimously approved an application by restaurateur and culinary entrepreneur April Richardson allowing the restaurant to serve alcohol from 11 a.m. to midnight, Sunday through Thursday, and between 11 a.m. and 2 a.m. on Saturday. The restaurant is scheduled to open in October 2018. Savor at 3807 will be located at the under-construction Studio 3807 mixed-use apartment building at 3807 Rhode Island Avenue in Brentwood. During a June 20 meeting of the Brentwood Town Council, Richardson pitched the eatery as a “food hall,” with several small restaurant counters serving food and drinks to customers who eat in a common dining area. It’s a similar concept to Union Market in Washington, D.C., but on a smaller scale.

Brentwood liquor license hearing delayed

The Prince George’s County Board of License Commissioners has postponed consideration of a liquor license application for a planned bar and restaurant in Brentwood. Pictured above: Hyattsville bakery owner and restaurateur April Richardson speaks before Brentwood Town Council at a June 2018 meeting. The restaurant is called Savor (though on its liquor license application it is identified by the venture’s preliminary name “The Eats at 3807”). April Richardson, principal of Hyattsville-based bakery Food Opportunities LLC and its DC Sweet Potato Cake subsidiary brand, plans to open Savor for business by October in a roughly 6,500-square-foot restaurant space built into the soon-to-be completed Studio 3807 mixed-use apartment complex at 3807 Rhode Island Ave. in Brentwood.