Dacha in Shaw has received the blessing of the neighborhood’s ANC to proceed with an expansion that is less than what the beer garden’s management initially wanted.
ANC 6E last night backed a deal with Dacha (1600 7th St. NW) that would allow the beer garden to increase its outdoor capacity from 126 to 250 customers. At first, Dacha’s management looked to serve 350 people outdoors, drawing a protest from the commission over concerns about noise.
Under the agreement, Dacha also could serve 250 customers indoors, which is what the beer garden’s management has sought since this spring. Dacha’s management is looking to open an indoor space adjacent to the beer garden.
Although it wasn’t the 600-customer capacity Dacha’s management originally wanted for their indoor and outdoor space, the 500-person capacity was a “fair compromise,” the beer garden’s lawyer, Andrew Kline, said at the ANC meeting.
“There’s quite a bit that went into this agreement, quite a bit of thought, quite a bit of discussion,” he said.
The D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Board now must approve the agreement for it to take effect.
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