Second, Larger Dacha Aims to Be More Than Just a Beer Garden
Co-owner Dmitri Chekaldin tells Y&H that the lease at 923-925 5th St. NW is still being finalized, but if all goes according to plan, the new location could open as soon as this summer. The second beer garden, named Dacha 2, will be twice as big as the original. Chekaldin says he and business partner Ilya Alter plan to build a permanent pavilion on the lot that will house the bar and some seating. The majority of the space will be filled with picnic tables and also green space with nooks and crannies where people can congregate.
Both Dacha locations will have the same menus, and both will also be open in the mornings for coffee. Chekaldin says people will be welcome to take advantage of the free Wi-Fi at both places during the day. The food menus are still in the works, but expect sausages and other simple, affordable snacks.
The Shaw location still has a few hoops to jump through with the Historic Preservation Review Board, but Chekaldin hopes to reopen it by late spring.
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