Young and Hungry

Beer Gardens Wrap Up for the Winter

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Beer garden season is coming to a close. Yesterday was the last day for Dacha in Shaw, and La Piazza in Bethesda has also packed up its patio. Garden District will remain open with heaters through Dec. 7. (It's now closed Mondays, as well as Thanksgiving Day.) All plan to reopen in the spring.

In the meantime, La Piazza plans to hold monthly winter events inside sister restaurant Cesco Osteria. (Stay tuned for details.)

Dacha is battling opposition from the Historic Preservation Office over plans for its two-story permanent structure with roof deck and open bar area. Co-owner Dmitri Chekaldin says he and his business partner Ilya Alter presented almost identical architectural plans to the office last spring and met no opposition. But a reviewer released a report last week saying the design would disrupt the rhythm of the block. One of the main objections is that the building is set back from the street. The review recommended extending the structure over what would otherwise be an open-air space with picnic tables.  

The Historic Preservation Review Board is set to address the subject on  Nov. 21. "Hopefully it's a misunderstanding. Hopefully, they will correct the stance," Chekaldin tells Y&H.

In the meantime, Dacha's owners are trying to rally support from patrons and D.C. councilmembers. Over they weekend, they handed flyers to beer garden guests and collected more than 200 signatures in support of their plans to send to Mayor Vince Gray.

"Until everything is exhausted, I can't say exactly what we'll do," Chekaldin says. But he adds: "We will operate in one form or another next spring."554666_585432268178159_1356732606_n

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