CityLab alleges someone living above Drafting Table cut the Satellite Feed to Monday Night Football because they were upset with the noise

1529 14th Street, NW

CityLab (rhetorically? sarcastically?) asks Is Vandalism Ever the Answer to Noisy Neighbors?

“And at about 11:30 at night, someone (or someones) who lives above this comfortable, 80-seat sports tavern [Drafting Table] became so enraged by the noise that he or she (or they) actually physically climbed onto the roof to mess with the bar’s satellite dish.”

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  • Move above a bar, get mad at bar for being a bar. Right. This is the same thing as the people who move next to a university, and then get upset when college kids actl ike college kids.

    • This bar wasn’t always here, though. As someone pointed out in the comments of the original article, this used to be a regular restaurant. In addition, maybe the bar owner could take necessary steps to muffle noise? Not saying that cutting the satellite is an okay thing to do, but bar owners should try and accommodate the people who were there first.

    • This is correct. I can’t (well, yes, I can) believe people are defending the alleged actions. Makes you lose a little bit of hope.

  • The bar probably forgot to pay their Direct TV bill. I’ve heard from cable guys in DC that some cable companies cut the service off during a game to make a point.

  • Well, the problem with this kind of thing is the cheapo construction a lot of these places use to build out. I agree that you shouldn’t live above a bar if you want complete silence all day and all night, but, I also think bar owners have a responsibility to soundproof when they locate in residential buildings, and many don’t or just do the minimum.

  • It used to be a chocolate store, so it’s a huge change to a bar.

  • I hate Drafting Table, but this is so beyond the pale and I hope this person is prosecuted. I cannot see any argument that could justify such a passive aggressive and illegal act. I don’t care it used to be Coco Sala – businesses rise and fall all the time. I don’t care that maybe they bought way back when and things change – the area has always been zoned for retail, restaurants and bars, and was whenever this person bought. I also don’t care if they’ve tried to address this constructively in the past and were still frustrated. There is no excuse for this kind of behavior.

  • they did the same thing during the World Cup final this summer. Bar ended up losing out of thousands in sales because of it

  • I think this is absolutely the right thing to do especially if they already told the bar about the noise and went to the proper regulatory agencies (I don’t know whether they did or didn’t but neither does anyone else). When your government fails you time to make a spot correction. That bar knew they were annoying their neighbor and didn’t care about the law why should the neighbors suddenly care?

    • And if I were the bar owner the right thing to do would be legal action against you.

      • Agreed, and it seems like what’s going to happen.

      • So? Not to sound argumentative but if the system failed to protect the residents from the noise why should it protect the business from having its TV service interrupted? And let’s be clear all they lost was reception the same as all these residents lost was peace and quiet – both are of equal value to those who didn’t have it.

        • No, the bar actually lost sales, if you’d bothered to read the article or think critically.

          • Why do the sales of the bar trump the peace of mind of people who can’t escape this noise? A person has invested their life in a home. That’s worth something too. Let’s put a bar beside your bedroom and see how you respond.

        • What about all of the lost sales from customers leaving to patronize other bars while watching the game? Did you forget about that, or did it just not fit into what your narrative?

  • Why doesn’t the argument ever go the other way? These are mixed use buildings with residences above them and businesses know that when they go in. Why is always that residents have to take it, but the businesses are never expected to be decent neighbors?

    • At 11:30 pm on a Monday night, the bar should be thinking about residents. I’m in the same boat and am willing to tolerate noise to a certain extent – til midnight on weekends etc but self centered businesses or customers can really ruin the lives of the people who want reasonable levels of quiet at reasonable hours.

      • It’s a sports bar on the main drag of the busiest entertainment district in the city. The home team is playing their arch-rival on Monday Night Football. What would you have the bar owner do? Ask the crowd to be quiet?

        Seriously. What is the Drafting Table supposed to do?

        This is a tired old debate but it’s still worth stating the obvious: don’t live on 14th Street if you want quiet.

        • Some people lived on 14th st before it became a hot spot. The change has not been pleasant. It used to be pretty quiet. Drafting table used to be a chocolate shop.

    • Agreed.

      My sarcastic answer is simple: in America, businesses are citizens, but have more rights and less responsibilities than human citizens. And fellow human citizens happily go along with it.

      Business > humans

    • +500000000000000000000000000000000000000000000

      None of this “move to the suburbs” crap. It is a basic legal requirement that residents get peaceful enjoyment of their homes, including quiet at times when it is reasonable to assume that people need to sleep. 11:30 PM on a Monday night is one of those times. Restaurants and bars in the city do not do a good enough job of trying to minimize the disruption their business causes to residents.

  • sounds like some security cameras are necessary

  • That article is so poorly written! But I agree, someone should be held accountable. Unfortunately, MPD is going to laugh at this guy when he asks them to send detectives up there to take fingerprints.

  • I totally agree with bardc. The onus should be on Drafting Table to contain the noise, not on the apartment owner to tolerate the noise. ABRA needs to get stronger on this.

  • This has happened quite frequently at Drafting Table. I know someone who works there. Not sure it’s the upstairs neighbors.

  • That building has had a lot of back and forth with the owners. Not sure on the details, so can’t really take sides, though. On the one hand, if you’re concerned about urban noise, maybe don’t buy a condo above a commercially zoned space on a major corridor. On the other, it’s 11:30 pm on a Monday night and the “restaurant” is effectively a sports bar tavern. It’s a lot different than the low-key chocolate and coffee shop that used to be there. When those places were built, 14th Street was mostly a wasteland. The question is really framed unfairly – if the condos were there first, should’t the question be why would you build what is essentially a sports bar right below residences and go cheap on the soundproofing?

    • When you move into a commercial district (which this was even in 2007, I live a block away), there’s no guarantee that the commercial tenant will stay the same. See Estadio, Etto, etc. I do think businesses should work with neighbors in a respectful way but the expectation of peace and quiet before 12 am on 14th Street is not a realistic one. I wish people wouldn’t stand outside my single family home and scream drunkenly at 3 am almost every night but I live in the heart of Logan. Oh well.

  • This is awful, but in a way, funny. It could have happened in a Seinfeld episode.

  • tonyr

    Both the WC Final and all DC NFL games are broadcast OTA. As an emergency measure I’d suggest that they invest in a couple of $20 antennae for backup purposes.

  • I haven’t been to Drafting Table during a game, but they do appear to have a bit of soundproofing already installed: acoustic foam panels on the ceiling, foam upholstered under tables and chairs. Perhaps they need more? The food could also use some upgrades while they’re at it.

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