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Remember that outdoor restaurant called Garden State that was planning to bring barbecue, beer, and bocce to an empty lot in Shaw? Well, it looks like it’s not happening. At least not anytime soon.

The restaurant from real estate developer Aaron Hirsch had a road block from the beginning: the lot at 1539-1541 New Jersey Ave. NW is zoned residential. That means he would need a zoning variance from the Board of Zoning Adjustment to proceed.

Since Y&H last spoke to Hirsch, he says the landlord decided to decline his lease offer and pursue a zoning variance herself. “She has indicated an interest in leasing me the property if she obtains the approvals that she needs, and I have expressed a continuing interest in the property, but nothing has happened,” he says.

Hirsch says he’s busy with nonrestaurant projects right now, but he’s still interested in doing a beer garden. “If I were to encounter the right property at the right price, however, I would consider making another push.”

Image courtesy Aaron Hirsch