As a gay resident of Dupont Circle, I am very pleased to have such an active Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCCA) that protects our neighborhood from becoming another Adams Morgan [''Sidewalk Stories,'' 9/21]. The DCCA is enforcing the D.C. policies on restaurants and bars, they are not creating their own rules. This is the work that should be done by our D.C. government -- the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (ABC) -- for which we pay taxes, but since they are not doing their job, thankfully, DCCA is taking the responsibility.
You might suggest that your readers check out the article in this week's City Paper entitled ''Still Life with Vomit: Impressions of Adams Morgan on a Saturday Night.'' That is an example of a neighborhood that relies on our D.C. government to enforce the ABC laws. Perhaps Rick Rosendall would like to live in that kind of neighborhood, but I and many of my neighbors are very happy keeping Dupont Circle just the way it is -- a vibrant neighborhood with a balanced mix of residential and business.
Thank you DCCA!
Your recent story on the challenges and/or protests by the Dupont Circle Citizens Association (DCAA) and the Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B representative [''Sidwalk Stories,'' 9/21] were, it must be pointed out, by a very small cluster of individuals that number no more than six people by my count. It is incredible that this extremely small number of disgruntled people are so racked by, according to their very own attorney, ''...a landmark in this city.''
George Mallios, owner of Trio and the Fox and Hounds, and the rest of the Mallios family, have done -- and continue to do -- a great service to the neighborhood community since 1950. Mr. Mallios owns, leads, and manages a tight, clean ship without question. The people on his staff are excellent in terms of providing customer service and are always ready and willing to help one and all who come through their doors for an affordable dining experience, be it breakfast, lunch, dinner or just plain ol' dessert. Alone on Thanksgiving Day? Go to Trio and you'll more than likely make a friend(s) for life.
Trio is certainly one of the very few restaurants in the city that brings all kinds of people to the establishment. Gay, transgender and straight. People from all ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Young and old. Professionals from both the public and private sectors. Democrats and Republicans. And even Redskin and Dallas Cowboys fans joining in good fun in this football crazy town! It is, as I said at the hearing, a ''family friendly place.''
I am very thankful that Trio is in my neighborhood and I am hopeful they will remain an integral part of our community for the next 50 years plus.
Editor's note: Gomez testified on behalf of Trio Restaurant at the Sept. 15 Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration hearing. ''Sidewalk Stories'' incorrectly identified him as ''Hector Gomez.''