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Ventnor Sports Cafe owner Scott Auslander announced today that his beloved business will pour its last pint on Nov. 28. The 14-year-old bar had a lot of character. On Sundays, one bartender named Chelsea would handle hoards of Eagles fans in the basement on her own. They were always quick to host a cheeky election night party. And they served free popcorn too that wasn’t half bad. The food was better than it had to be and there was one of every kind of beer.
“Business has never been better, but I can’t come to an agreement with the landlord,” Auslander says. “It’s Adams Morgan’s problem.”
As recently as May, Auslander discussed the unique set of challenges and preconceived notions that accompany the sports bar business. “Sports bars are a lot harder than people think,” he told City Paper. “You can really get bogged down in costs, especially technology costs.”
He thinks Ventnor’s was one of the first bars to mount flat screen TVs in D.C. “It’s not just the display equipment that adds up,” he says. “I have to buy all of the packages. Sports bars to most people mean cheap food and cheap drinks, but the technology is expensive. For the owner, it’s quite the conundrum.”
The two-floor bar was a go-to for Philadelphia Eagles fans, University of North Carolina fans, and Syracuse fans.
Auslander posted the following message on social media Thursday:
Ventnor Sports Cafe, 2411 18th St. NW; (202) 234-3070; ventnorsportscafe.com