All Souls Neighborhood Bar Granted a Liquor License in Shaw!

725 T St, NW

Great news from the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration about All Souls Neighborhood Bar:

“All Souls, LLC, t/a All Souls, (Applicant) filed an Application for a new Retailer’s Class CT License (Application) at premises 725 T Street, NW Washington DC. We find the Application appropriate for the neighborhood, and grant the Applicant a Retailer’s Class CT License.”

All Souls – Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law, and Order – 6-20-2012

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    • Not only is this a great day for Mr. Batista, this is good for the broader neighborhood as well. The ABC specifically found that there is not an overconcentration of alcoholic beverage establishments with 1200 feet of All Soul’s address, which would extend almost all the way west to 11th Street, “because the neighborhood will be an important part of [DC’s] art, culture, and entertainment scene in the future.” This well-reasoned decision should be helpful in opposing the liquor license moratorium that the “Shaw Dupont Citizens Alliance” is seeking to impose on much of the same neighborhood.

  • Take that, crazy ANC lady.

    • actually (if you’re talking about maya moore) she supported the application . . .

      • Didn’t Myla Moss fight it? Who is she exactly?

        BTW, the report is somewhat scathing in how it rejects the Protestants, particularly regarding their view that the sight of people drinking alcohol will harm children.

        • I believe that Myla initially heard concern from her constituents and reserved judgement or opposed All Souls (as she should if she is representing her constituents well.) Once the voluntary agreements were formed I assume she saw that All Souls was willing to compromise, may be a good neighbor and an asset to the area. I was at the final hearing and she definitely supported All Souls and was certainly a voice of reason in favor of the granting the license.

        • Maya Moss did not oppose the application. To the contrary, she was one of the few members of ANC 1B who supported it. In her testimony she noted that the place has been vacant for ten years and historically has had a reputation for prostitution and drugs. Her point, with which the board agreed, is that this is a marked improvement.

    • tonyr

      Reading through the judgement Myla Moss comes over as a voice of reason (Sections 12, 13 & 30), especially compared to some of the other people present. I also noted that 1804 4th St. is six doors (Section 14) away from the school opposite and that the school day ends at 3:15 a.m. (Section 21). Close enough for government work I suppose.

  • The highlights::

    Indeed if we accept the Protestants’ argument that mere sight of adults in a tavern consuming alcohol is harmful to children, the Board would similarly have to ban children from: (1) entering restaurants that serve alcohol to patrons; (2) attending sporting events where alcohol may be consumed by adult fans; (3)eating dinner with their parents if wine is served with the parents’ meal; (4) participating in religious ceremonies where wine is part of the service; and (5) walking through neighborhoods with large concentrations of liquor-serving establishments during the daytime, such as Adams Morgan and U Street.


    • Of course, all of the places you mentioned kids are taken to the establishment VOLUNTARILY. They are not play spaces reserved for exclusively for children.

  • Yay! A bar right accross the street from a school!

    • What’s your point? The bar won’t be open until well after school hours end. And that shouldn’t even matter, since the establishment ostensibly won’t be inviting in kids to get their drink on (see any number of other bars in this city near schools).

      • You know, kinda like a strip club, sans boobies. It’s not like kids here need all the help they can get. There’s so much great parenting going on in this city. We have no need to treat schools as cloisters of education and civilization.
        You don’t have kids, do you.
        Lead by example, for crying out loud!
        I’m ok with a sandwich shop that sells beer, but will be a little hard on a beer store that offers sandwiches.

  • Congratulations David!! This guy has put a lot of hard work into making this happen. Very glad it turned out well for him.

  • This is great news for Shaw and the surrounding neighborhoods – congratulations to Mr. Batista & Co!

  • This is great news! I noticed the application signs were down last night and I was afraid it had fallen through.
    I live right there and I’m glad there will be more people around at all hours. Sad to hear that the patio was killed off, but maybe that will change in coming years.

    Hopefully a reasonable bar will help chase away the drug dealers and dudes drinking on the corners.

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