February 3, 2011
Nope, kids won't get a peek at the mermaid

By Blair Anthony Robertson, Bee Restaurant Critic

After my "First Impressions" piece on the new K Street sensations Pizza Rock and Dive Bar (District 30 had yet to open at the time of publication), I received an interesting voicemail from a reader.

She has a 7-year-old daughter who adores mermaids and was wondering if Dive Bar would allow a child to stick her head in for a quick look at the mermaid. I had never thought of that. The mermaid and her massive, brightly lit water tank above the bar is the focal point of this new venue on K Street.

After listening to the woman, I thought that, yes, kids would find the mermaid even more interesting than adults do. Why couldn't they have a kids' hour or a monthly kids' day? So we asked. Liquor licenses don't seem to have much wiggle room for wide-eyed kids.

"We would absolutely love to do this," media contact Trevor Hewitt said via e-mail. "But we are licensed as a 21-plus-only venue. This means we are not allowed to have people under the age of 21 in the venue (even during off-hours). Pizza Rock is the only one of the three venues that has the appropriate license for under-21 guests. Hope you can understand."

The new Pizza Rock is a family-friendly pizzeria, and there's plenty of mermaid-less fun for kids. Checking the website, there is even a Kids' Day at Pizza Rock this Saturday.

But it looks like that little girl may have to wait 14 years for an up-close and personal encounter with the mermaids at Dive Bar. By then, once-doomed and deserted K Street could look more like Bourbon Street.

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