Rogue Burger | Rogue States Burgers forced to move out of DuPont


Rogue burger smells have caused legal issues for one Washington, D.C., burger shop. Image: chichacha / Flickr / CC-BY

In a legal debate that has pitted burgers against lawyers, Washington, D.C., burger shop Rogue States Burgers has been forced to shut down. While the debate sounds a bit crazy, the law firm that sued had a case a judge found legitimate. Burger lovers aren’t at a loss, though, as Rogue States Burgers is already setting up a new location.

The Rogue Burger smell

The D.C. Superior Court has been hearing arguments in the case of Rogue States Burgers v. Steptoe & Johnson. The big law firm, which is located next door to the Rogue States Burgers location, claimed the place was a “nuisance.” The air intake system for Steptoe & Johnson’s offices was located right next to the Rogue States exhaust system. The resulting odor in the law offices caused “headaches, nausea, dizziness, watery and itchy eyes and distraction.”

How Rogue States Burger responded

When the “Rogue Burger” lawsuit was originally filed, Rogue States Burgers took several steps to try to minimize the smell from its exhaust system. New air scrubbers were installed, and employees were trained in reducing the fumes. Rogue States Burgers asked the landlord if the exhaust system could be re-routed, but the landlord denied the request.

Rogue States Burgers forced to move

A decision on the lawsuit over Rogue States Burgers’ smell came down on Tuesday afternoon – and it was swift and severe. Rogue States Burgers must cease emitting fumes by 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, effectively shutting the doors. Lovers of the DuPont Circle burger joint, however, are not entirely at a loss. The owner of Rogue States Burgers has already signed a lease for a new location. As he admitted under oath, the business of Rogue States Burgers will be moving to 1931 14th St. NW.


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