“Dewey, D.C., the new Dewey Square”
A Washington DC restaurant that is being marketed as “the ultimate air-conditioned dining experience” was shut down after it became the center of a heated debate over climate change.
In a letter to the owners, a group called Climate Action Coalition of Washington DC (CACWD) said the establishment “is part of a climate change denial movement that has gained steam in recent years.”
The group added that Dewey is located in an area of the city where “there has been no meaningful climate action in the past 30 years.”
It also claimed that “DEWEY SQUARE has never met the standards of a business or community.”
According to CACWD, Dewey was built in the 1960s as an outdoor air-con space for local restaurants and offices, and has since become a popular hangout for people from the surrounding areas.
However, the restaurant owners have denied that it’s a climate-change denier venue.
On Monday, the owners of Dewey told local news station WHDH that they are “trying to find a solution to the issue,” adding that the building “has always been open to the public.”
A representative for the restaurant said in a statement that the restaurant will be open Monday through Saturday and will be closed on Sundays and Mondays.
The statement also said that “all customers are welcome” to enjoy the air-conditat ion at Dewey’s restaurant, but that “any customers who do not have reservations for Monday through Thursday will not be able to do so on Friday or Saturday.”
The owners of the Dewey square also said the building is being leased to a “new tenant,” and that they were “looking forward to the new tenant.”
The owner of Dewy Square, Robert J. Clements, told the station that “there is no plan to close Dewey on any given day.”
According the Washington Post, Clements said that he would not allow “anyone” to move in next door to Dewey.
The restaurant is located at the corner of South Street and Fifth Avenue NW.
On Sunday, a “coalition of residents, business owners, and community leaders” signed a letter calling on Clements to reconsider the decision.
The group also stated that “the building has been open for nearly 70 years,” and said that the owners are “under the impression that their restaurant is a public facility that is open to all.”
On Monday morning, the Washington DC Police Department responded to the building and said they were investigating the incident.
The Washington Post reports that the police department said that it is investigating the matter.
[Image via DeweySquare.com] CACWND said that Dewy has been operating in the building since 1963 and that it has “never met the criteria of a public space or community facility.”
It added that it “has not had a single employee of any of its members employed by the city or county.”
According a statement on the group’s website, “The building has had zero employee openings for nearly two decades.”
The statement went on to say that “despite its proximity to many of the most congested streets and the densest city blocks in the nation, Dewy is still a public venue and is open on Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays.”
CACNWD also said in the statement that “The business owners claim that this is not a public place.
We are disappointed that the public will have to travel long distances to visit their business.”
[Image by CACEWD via YouTube] According to WHDH, the “coalitions of residents and business owners” said that they have been “struggling with the issue for years.”
They added that “we do not want the city to force us to close our doors and pay rent.”
According an official statement from the Washington D.CEI, the building has a “history of conflict and conflict with neighbors” and that “many residents have complained to us about the noise and dust from the air conditioners, and have been asked to move their businesses to other buildings.
The building is located near the intersection of South and Ninth Streets.”
[Featured Image by CacEWD/YouTube]