Drinks at Vegetate
Vegetate's battle for a liquor license is over, and Shiloh Baptist Church's protest has been successful. Officially, the vegetarian and vegan restaurant, which opened in Shaw last fall, can't serve alcohol because it's within 400 feet of a school. (Shiloh protested Vegetate's license, as well as the neighboring Queen of Sheba restaurant, saying that the neighborhood doesn't need places that sell liquor.)
But starting tonight, and every Friday and Saturday night during the month of March, you'll be able to enjoy a glass of wine with dinner at Vegetate, or sip a cocktail after midnight while DJ Dredd spins hip-hop and dance classics in the lounge.
This is possible thanks to the confusing twists and turns of the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration and its myriad licenses. While Vegetate can't get the standard Alcoholic Beverage Control license, they're able to apply for one-day-only licenses, which are handled separately from the permanent licenses and can't be appealed by the church. Ain't bureaucracy grand?
"Someone told us it couldn't hurt, so we just applied for [the licenses] and they granted them," says Vegetate owner Dominic Redd. "We didn't want to go overboard, so we said we'd close at 1."
Along with the alcohol, Redd says the vegetarian restaurant is going to "extend our dinner hours, so we'll have food available the entire night." Dinner is served until 11, with a new late night menu afterward, and the sounds of Prince, Michael Jackson and Outkast filling the house from 10 until close.
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