Don't Kill Shaw's Tavern! Shaw Needs More Successful Restaurants!
  • Petitioned Martha Jenkins

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D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration
Martha Jenkins

Don't Kill Shaw's Tavern! Shaw Needs More Successful Restaurants!

    1. Berin Szoka
    2. Petition by

      Berin Szoka

      Washington, DC

Shaw's Tavern opened just a week and a half ago at 6th & S, to the delightment of those who live in the Shaw-Howard, LeDroit, Shaw, Bloomingdale and Eckington neighborhoods.  Finally, a restaurant/bar in walking distance!

Yet an innocent mistake made at the bar's opening may jeoparize the liquor license any restaurant needs to survive in this difficult economy.  The City Paper reports that ABRA, DC's liquor licensing agency, is investigating Shaw's Tavern for allegedly serving (but not selling) alcohol without a license at a charity event for victims of domestic violence they hosted as their "soft opening."'

Apparently, ABRA would have given them a "one day" license for this special event, but the folks at Shaw's simply failed to get such a license—an innocent and harmless violation of the City's arcane alcohol rules.

Please show your support for Shaw's Tavern by taking a moment to "sign" this petition! If you can, stop by the hearing Wednesday August 10 at 3:30 pm at 2000 14th ST, Suite 400S (14th & U).

Otherwise, please support new local businesses by dining at Shaw's Tavern, Red Toque kebob (6th & R) and Beau Thai (NJ & R).  These fledgling businesses are helping to revitalize our neighhorhood.  But they need local patronage to survive, as the very sad closure of Zee's Trinidadian (6th & Florida) showed earlier this year.  

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Lack of Liquor License forces Shaw's Tavern to Close

      Berin Szoka
      Petition Organizer

      "Shaw’s Tavern is closing its doors from Saturday 27th of August. We could not survive without a liquor license. We will re -open when we are allowed to serve alcohol." ABRA is on recess till 9/7. Please spread the word about this petition!

    2. Reached 500 signatures
    3. Hearing on Shaw's Tavern TODAY, 8/10!

      Sarah Parsons
      Petition Organizer

      Officials at D.C.'s liquor licensing agency will meet today to discuss the fate of Shaw's Tavern, a sustainable restaurant that recently opened in an up-and-coming neighborhood. Act now to make sure that Shaw's gets its liquor license!

    4. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • John Hines WASHINGTON, DC
      • about 3 years ago

      The Alcohol Beverage Control Board would be a bunch of IDIOTS NOT to give Shaw Tavern their liquor license ASAP!! Don't be idiots! THis is a GREAT addition to the 'hood. We need them and want them to open!

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    • Kevin Lees WASHINGTON, DC
      • about 3 years ago

      This is lunacy on the part of ABRA. Regulators exist for the benefit of consumers, not to stand in their way.

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    • Jonathan Perry WASHINGTON, DC
      • about 3 years ago

      The punishment does not fit the crime here. What we have is a resident of DC, putting it all on the line in a somewhat risky neighborhood in order to make a quality establishment that will do nothing but improve the quality of life for people who live there. This is a travesty and makes me more sad than ever about the low quality of DC government.

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    • Peter Henne WASHINGTON, DC
      • about 3 years ago

      Because this neighborhood needs more grab spots like this!

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    • Taylor West WASHINGTON, DC
      • about 3 years ago

      Most new restaurants and made or lost in the first month. Shaw's Tavern deserves a chance to prove itself.

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