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Rats run wild on Barracks Row Popeyes
The DC Health Department slammed the doors of Barrack’s Row Popeye’s outlet on Friday, October 29, after an inspection and a viral TikTok video showing rats whizzing up the walls and racing across the floor of the kitchen.
In the video, TikTok user blaqazzrick01 says he delivers the raw chicken to all the Popeyes in the DC area. He opens the doors to the closed Popeyes at 409 8th Street, SE, sings jingles and turns on the light and reveals the rats.
“Do you still want to love that chicken from Popeyes?” he asks at the end of the video, which has already been viewed 623.6 million times.
The DC Health Department paid a visit to the eatery and closed it immediately Friday, citing 17 violations, including rat excrement. The franchisee is taking “appropriate steps to resolve the issue” at the temporarily closed location, a spokesman for the company Inside Edition said. [WTOP and Inside Edition]
Raise a bowl for the Lebanese Taverna market
Arlington Lebanese Tavern Market (4400 Old Dominion Drive) celebrates its 30th anniversary with a series of tasting events Monday, November 1 through Thursday, November 4, as well as Thursday, November 11 and Friday, November 12.
The Arlington Outpost for this local, family-run array of eateries left its mark on sweet and savory cakes; grab-and-go (or eat-in) hummus, sambousick and more; ready-made specialties such as kabobs; Lebanese wines; and gift items such as Lebanese cookbooks.
All events take place from 16:00 to 19:00 at the Lebanese Taverna Market.
Monday, November 1: Pacari Chocolate Tasting, Wine Tasting
Tuesday, November 2: Thanksgiving tasting, wine tasting
Wednesday, November 3: Demo and tasting of grape leaves, wine tasting
Thursday, November 4: Kibbeh tasting, Sparkling wine tasting
Thursday, November 11: Thanksgiving tasting, wine tasting
Friday, November 12: Armenian cake tasting, wine tasting
Italian coffee and aperitifs in the center
The first American location of Puro Gusto, an Italian all-day café serving Italian coffee, aperitifs and dishes, will take root in the Westory building (1345 F Street NW) later this year. The place previously housed one of two DC-based outposts of Paris-born Maison Kayser bakeries, which closed in 2019.
Good Company Donuts can lose half of its outdoor seating
A county transportation project to install a new bus shelter threatens Ballston’s Good Company’s outdoor seating, according to ARLnow.com. Good Company co-owner Charles Kachadoorian says the project will halve outdoor dining, but Arlington County says the project will not affect “approved outdoor dining.” [ARLnow.com]
Good Food Market temporarily closes its flagship store
Good Food Markets flagship placement (2006 Rhode Island Avenue NE, Washington, DC) will temporarily close its doors to “refresh and refill.” The Maryland location remains open and a new Department 8 will open soon. The small grocery store aims to offer grocery options in “food-desert neighborhoods in the DC area.” [Brookland Bridge]