Dacha Beer Garden in Shaw. Photo by Ted Eytan.
It has not been an easy road for the Dacha Beer Garden folks since it was first revealed that the team behind the popular 7th Street beer garden was likely opening another location at the corner of 14th and S Street NW. And another test comes next week as the team goes before the ANC 2F Community Development Committee.
Opposition to the new 14th Street location, currently a surface parking lot, has been strong from a group of neighbors who have a litany of concerns ranging from noise to rats to the lines that the beer garden would create. That opposition was shared by ANC 2F who protested the liquor license application for the new location in June.
Rendering of new Dacha location.
In response to the opposition, Dacha owners Ilya Alter and Dmitri Chekaldin made a number of changes, including hiring a sound-engineering firm to minimize noise at the new location and also enclosing a good portion of the seating that faces S Street. In addition to the beer garden and restaurant, the new location would operate a cafe open in the morning that is described as “a comfortable setting for local remote-office workers and independent professionals, as well as parents with children.”
When the owners go before the CDC committee next week, the consideration will be the massing and design of the project before it goes before the Historic Preservation Review Board as well as the public space application for the sidewalk cafe.
This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/dacha_beer_garden_will_go_before_anc_for_14th_street_location/12927.
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