A proposed new dining and entertainment venue, Gypsy Sally’s Acoustic Tavern, hopes to bring a nearly 300-person live music hall to Georgetown's K/Water Street, above the future Malmaison. It would feature mostly Americana music at night and may also offer programs for children and families during the day.
Gypsy Sally's would offer a variety of acoustic rock, blues, country, folk and blue grass, as well as musician workshops for guitar, mandolin and banjo, among others.
The plan is to have seating for nearly three fourths of the approximately 300-person capacity and standing room for the remaining 60 or so patrons.
David Ensor, one of the principals and a resident of the Kent neighborhood in Northwest D.C., said while many music venues are not known for their dining options he hopes his new business could change that. He said one of their credos will be, "come for the food stay for the music."
The menu as proposed would include small plates, like charcuterie and cheese, as well as flatbreads and paninis. The venue would also offer a private room for rent, which would feature expanded menus.
Enzer said they hope to "emulate" The City Winery in NYC.
Gypsy Sally would sit above Malmaison, which is coming to Water Street thanks to the same family that runs Cafe Bonaparte and Napoleon. That operation will focus on desserts, but will have a bar as well.
Surrounding neighbors raised concerns about noise and parking during the Advisory Neighborhood Commission review of the project. The ANC protested the license application and will review the application again at the December meeting, at which time the applicant hopes to have a voluntary agreement in place with the community.