Hailed as a sign of progress for Anacostia, the fried haddock sandwich and granny smith apple martini-slinging Uniontown Bar & Grill, which opened this past February, now appears to be wrangling with the same sort of problems that have long plagued that part of Southeast D.C. The Washington Post reports that the restaurant’s owner, Natasha Dasher, has been charged in a federal drug-trafficking case after authorities tracked a shipment of 65 kilograms of cocaine from Texas to her Fort Washington office.
Despite the owner’s arrest on Nov. 1, business has carried on as usual at the eatery. Just last week, the venue hosted a viewing party for the premier of Anacostia: The Web Series. Stopping in over the weekend, WaPo describes a pretty typical scene: “A handful of diners sipped iced tea and beer while watching college football on the restaurant’s flat-screen televisions, and a pair of employees chatted at the granite bar.”
How long that lasts remains to be seen. A conviction in Dasher’s case would no doubt pose serious consequences to Uniontown’s future. Regulators tend to frown upon felons holding liquor licenses—-though there have been exceptions.
Logo courtesy of Uniontown Bar & Grill