Owner Of Rogue States in Dupont Says Burger Shop Will Re-Open Later This Month Under New Name | Restaurants
Rogue States, the late-night burger shop located at 1300 Connecticut Avenue that shut down "temporarily" last October, is on the verge of finally re-opening its doors in the coming weeks under the name “Black and Orange”, according to the restaurant’s chef and owner Raynold Mendizabal.
“We are shooting to re-open the last week of June,” Mendizabal said. “We're doing some renovation of the vent, so that might go wrong (and delay it) one day or two, but the target right now is the last week of June, and we're driving hard for that.”
Rogue States has been closed since last October, when Steptoe & Johnson, a law firm attached to the building filed a lawsuit, saying that fumes from the burger joint were making their employees sick.
“We’ve had a lot of headaches,” Mendizabal responded when asked why it has taken so long for his eatery to open back up. “Everything you can to imagine that we had to jump, we jumped, in order to re-open.”
When asked to elaborate, Mendizabal declined, saying most of the information “was part of a settlement”.
What we do know is this: several permits now hang on the glass windows at the 1300 Connecticut Avenue location: one for air conditioning, one for electrical, and one for "interior duct work demolition and new interior and exterior duct work".
“Black and Orange will be the same people, the same burgers, the same hours…I think we’re coming back stronger, definitely we’re coming back stronger,” Mendizabal said. “I just want to do the best (burgers)…we’re happy to re-open again.”
Additionally, Mendizabal said that progress is slowly being made on a second “Black and Orange”, that will be located at 1931 14th Street, near the U Street Metro stop. Once open, that shop will serve the same food and operate during the same hours as their Dupont location.
“We’re shooting at early September (for the 14th Street opening) but that’s really ballpark,” He said.
Welcome back, Rogue States/Black and Orange.
We’ve missed you.