Beleaguered would-be boîte Shaw’s Tavern has suffered yet another setback. The District’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has deemed owner Abbas Fathi “unfit for licensure,” citing the venue’s prior history of serving alcohol without the proper permits.

In rendering its decision, the board also points to mismanagement by former tavern keeper Steven May, who is accused of altering official documents with “correction fluid” in order to improperly obtain booze from distributors.

The board’s decision comes despite some community support for Fathi’s application, including that of local Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2C.

According to the official ruling: “The Board understands ANC 2C’s disappointment; however, the Board cannot turn a blind eye to the Applicant’s violations in the name of economic development.”

The tavern shuttered back in August after struggling for weeks to stay afloat without the financial benefit of alcohol sales. Read more here.

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