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New Tavern, Street, Coming to former Cafe Collage Space at 14th and T Street, NW

by Prince Of Petworth — December 25, 2012 at 11:11 pm 27 Comments

1346 T Street, NW

Back in Sept. ’12 we learned that Cafe Collage had closed at 1346 T St, NW just east of Cafe Saint-Ex. Now we know who’s coming to the space – a new tavern to be called Street. A liquor license application posted out front says:

“New Tavern, serving international street cuisine. Occasional live entertainment and DJ. Occupancy load is 99. Sidewalk Café with 15 seats. Summer Garden with 14 seats.”

Sounds very very promising!

  • anonymous

    Q: I live literally next door to this place and I’m wondering – what kind of noise ordiance do they have to follow with residentials apartments sharing a wall? I’m a bit concernced about a DJ. We already have lots of issues with loud folks who stand outside of St. Ex and scream until 3 in the morning. Nearly every, single, night.

    • monkeyrotica

      Not trolling, but how long have you lived there? Because people have been screaming on 14th Street since it was full of hookers and cars with out-of-state plates. I imagine you’re covered by the same noise ordnance that covers the folks who live behind Black Cat.

    • Lisa

      You should be concerned about a DJ and live music. You have rights. Read the information on the ABRA placard about about who can, when, and how to file a protest. They’ll need to enter into a Voluntary Agreement with you to have the protest withdrawn. This does not prevent them from opening, it just delays it as it puts some extra rules in place about how they do business (hours, noise etc.).

      • Anonymous

        Wrong, Lisa. No one HAS to enter into a voluntary agreement, nor should they if the demands are unreasonable. The parties have the right to a hearing and to have the matter decided by the ABC Board.

      • Sanity

        If I’m not mistaken, this commenter no longer even resides in the neighborhood, but still stirs the pot.

        Let’s be productive and proactive here: has anyone talked to the owner? Often times the license requests longer hours than they’ll actually use and a simple conversation can allay concerns and create a good relationship between neighbors and business for years to come.

        • Sanity

          to clarify, I mean “Lisa”, not “anonymous”

          • Lisa

            People open liquor establishments with big smiles and high hopes and more power to them. As long as they are successful they will stay the course. But friendly ‘conversations’ are not legally binding. If the business falters they will, and should, go a route that makes more money- more liquor, more music, more dancing, more space, longer hours, or if the business fails you’ll have a new tenant in there who may not respect the neighborhood from the outset. It is not anti-business to negotiate a VA; it is smart.

            Filing a protest with ABRA, a VA between reasonable parties, the withdrawal of the protest, and the granting of the license can be completed in a month or two. Faster than DCRA stuff. There need not be any bad will at all, in fact there shouldn’t be.

    • J

      St Ex isn’t even open until 3am, ever. Granted, Fridays and Sats they’re open until 2:30, but they close much earlier rest of the week. I’m not saying you may not have issues to discuss with St Ex or the new operators next door, but you can bank on exaggerations setting you on the wrong track from the get-go.

  • Anonymous

    Really Monkey? 14th St. was a lot quieter 10 years ago. Virtually deserted in fact… I can sympathize with anonymous 8:11 although at this point if you live on a commercially zoned area in DC, you can assume it will eventually turn into wall-to-wall bars and restaurants.

  • Tom

    @Anonymous at 8:11am: So, when you chose to move in to the neighborhood I take it you were blindfolded and wrapped in a blanket from the car to the front door and had absolutely NO IDEA you were deciding to live in a densely-populated commercial district, right?

    I’d sue.

    • Prince Of Petworth

      In fairness this is on T Street not 14th Street.

      • monkeyrotica

        This is all of 50 feet away from 14th Street. Across the alley from Saint Ex and directly across the street from Matchbox in the heart of the Hammock District.

        • J

          If you move into a space directly next to a commercial space, you have to understand that the commercial space isn’t permanently locked into its current tenant. I.e., it can be a hair salon or bookshop today, but a restaurant in the future (or, just a hair salon that gets a new and very problematic owner or manager). I’m always surprised that people don’t realize this when deciding to rent, or especially to purchase, property next to a commercial property. And if you have problems with St. Ex, go in there and talk to the owner. He’s great, and can have his door people calm things. But this Café becoming a pub won’t make St. Ex go away. You have to constructively approach St. Ex, and find constructive and reasonable people with whom you can approach the new operators for the Café space. If you get on board with neighborhood extremists, however, expect complete failure of any reasonable outcome. Don’t be a part of Hank’s redux.

          • J

            Merry Christmas “adl.” Sorry you missed the Hank’s party!

          • Anonymous

            I live around the corner and my fear is that someone will grab the Whitelaw Market space some day and turn it into a restaurant (and I’ve lived on the block for 23 years BTW).

  • 17thSt

    Get ready for the Shaw Dupont Citizens Alliance to protest this and all other liquor applications in the neighborhood.

    • Anonymous

      There will never be a DJ or live music at this spot. Not gonna happen.

      • monkeyrotica

        This is what happens when you try and open a “restaurant” instead of a “concept.” Like Spike’s meme themed American style small plates concept, “2girls, 1plate.”

  • Anonymous from 8:11

    Thank you to those you gave me the advice I was looking for – I greatly appreciate it! I will definiately be respecfully talking to the owner of St. Ex and seeing what I can do with the ABRA. I moved there this past summer and it is my first time living in such a busy area – so am I a bit of a novice when it comes to handling issues like this. I still do enjoy living in that neighborhood, I was just unpreperared for how disprespectfully loud adults can be in the wee hours of the morning. While I am well aware that St. Ex isn’t opening til 3 – there are still folks who hang out outside on the side walk right in front of it and my apartment building hootin’ and hollaring after it closes. And this isn’t just on weekends, its surprisingly on weeknights too. And Tom – yes, that’s exactly how it happened. Perhaps we have the same landlord.

    • You might also try a white-noise machine.

    • Anonymous

      You moved next door to a bar and now you’re complaining. Wow.

      • Prince Of Petworth

        Cafe Collage was a coffee shop.

      • Anonymous at 8:11

        No. I moved next door to a quiet, friendly coffee shop. If you notice the headline, you’d see that the bar came later.

      • Anonymous

        also, one can reasonably be upset when noise laws are broken and ask how to deal with that… thus the concern over having djs beyond an adjoining wall.

  • Anonymous

    anonymous, are you a renter or an owner? if you’re an owner, fine, do what you will, but if you’re just renting than do your owner neighbors a favor and move somewhere else. this isn’t your problem.

  • Mark

    Lets assume the very dumb notion that this neighborhood was at all quiet within the last one or two decades and that you are used to absolute quiet whenever you expect it. It isn’t now and it never will be again. Look around you. There are actual multi-story holes in the ground that will soon be filled with hundreds of new residents (thousands? I’m not very good at the maths) and dozens of new retail establishments that will draw even more people, at all hours of the day. You live in a densely populated urban environment. You do not live in Springfield on a cul-de-sac. You live in a row house that is connected to other row houses just off of a burgeoning commercial corridor. You do not live on a 500-acre horse farm in The Plains. Perhaps this is your first time living in a city? Cities make sounds 24 hours a day. They make quiet sounds like traffic moving through an intersection and they make loud sounds like people having fun at 230 in the morning. Someone should write a book a la Everybody Poops about what living in a city is like, what to expect, and how to deal with it.

  • Guest

    Having been in the coffee shop – how will this place possibly fit 99 people (and a kitchen)? No chance.


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