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Taqueria Nacional Gets Okay for Outdoor Cafe from ANC 2B

From David McAuley. Email him at david[AT]borderstan.com.

"Taqueria Nacional"

Taqueria Nacional at 1409 T Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

At its regular monthly meeting Wednesday, June 12, Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B/Dupont endorsed the request of Taqueria Nacional restaurant (1409 T Street NW) for outdoor seating. Tacqueria Nacional opened its doors on May 15.

ANC 2B approved a resolution supporting the public space application with a proviso saying the outdoor seating have shorter hours of operation than the indoor portion of the restaurant.

The public space can operate from 10 am until 11 pm Monday to Thursday, and midnight Friday and Saturday. Taqueria Nacional has an fountain in its outdoor area.

Elwin Ferris, Secretary of the Shaw Dupont Citizens Alliance told the ANC the restaurant should remember to drain the fountain every evening at the close of business. The neighborhood has a rat problem, Ferris said, and an open fountain would give the vermin population an addition place to find water.

Restaurant management said they currently drain the fountain every night and intend to continue doing so. Drunk passersby using the fountain as a urinal was a concern, the management said.

A neighbor testified the fountain is drained nightly and covered.

The ANC voted to include a clause in its resolution noting with approval this practice, in the hopes it will continue.

The public space use application now goes to the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) for final approval.

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2 Responses to “Taqueria Nacional Gets Okay for Outdoor Cafe from ANC 2B”

  1. TomDC says:

    This is the problem with “wrap-around zoning” in DC, where the end portion of a residential block is in the commercial zone. At this location there will be people drinking right outside peoples’ bedroom windows next door in the residential zone.
    If the Office of Planning were any good they’d address this, but aren’t and don’t.

  2. bugaboo says:

    Did SDCA also remind the owner to clean the toilet, take out the trash, remind the supplier to deliver extra onions, tell the staff to add more ice to drinks and be careful on the way home from work? The joys of owning a business in DC never ever stop, do they? Are we ever going to get any small business owners on ANCs and the City Council?

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