Young and Hungry

Dupont Lawyers ‘Pleased’ That Foul Burger Smell Is Gone From Former Rogues States Location

National Law Journal checks in with the firm Steptoe & Johnson now that neighboring Dupont Circle burger joint Black & Orange—formerly called Rogue States—has re-opened after resolving problems with its kitchen ventilation system. The law firm sued last year over "smoke and food odors" emanating from the restaurant, allegedly causing its roster of counselors "headaches, nausea, dizziness, watery and itchy eyes, drowsiness and distraction." Last October, a judge ordered the restaurant to close until the ventilation problem could be fixed. In June, the restaurant re-opened after installing a $90,000 ventilation system that extends to the top of the 10-story building. "Our sole concern has been the health and welfare of our employees," a firm spokesperson tells the journal. "As long as that issue is addressed, we're pleased to have them back in the neighborhood."

Photo by Chris Shott

  • Michelle

    its apparent that we are paying for the construction! I went in there the other day and paid almost 25 bucks for the whole meal. i hope they quit with the after 11 oclock burger fee! If you are a burger spot known for being open late at night, why do we now have to pay extra for a burger, and thick bread! I use to love this place when they first opened I admired them for being a gormet burger for around 7 bucks but now they are more like 9 or 10 bucks, and nothing has changed in regards to the burger, except maybe they their brioche bread seems to have a thicker dry consistency.

  • skeptic

    "drowsiness and distraction" a.k.a "The Itis"

    from eating those burgers

  • Alex

    I hope they refuse service to any lawyer coming out of the firm into their burger joint.

  • anon

    I'm sure they'll do great with Sugar Shack 1/2 block away

  • anon

    uh. . . Shake Shack

  • …done

    anon, Ernest Gaines would shed a tear at the mention...*sings* temporary layoffs

  • JohnInNova

    I can't tell you how pleased I am that a bunch of DC Lawyers are now happy!!! (NOT!)

  • Jes’ sayin’

    But what can WE do about the stench of the lawyers?