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Posted at 6:40 PM ET, 12/22/2010

Burger man plans to go Rogue again on Dupont

By Tim Carman
rogue states_opt.jpg Raynold Mendizabal plans to go Rogue again. (Marvin Joseph /The Washington Post)

The last word on Rogue States, it appeared, came in October when D.C. Superior Court Judge John M. Mott ruled that the Dupont burger joint was a nuisance for venting its grill exhaust in the general direction of some high-powered lawyers in the neighborhood. The only apparent solution to the grease fumes infiltrating law firm, Steptoe & Johnson, was to build a vent to the roof, which Rogue's landlord steadfastly refused to consider.

That seemed to be the end of that. Lawyers, judge and landlord were all lined up against owner Raynold Mendizabal and his flame-grilled burgers. Mendizabal would have to content himself with a planned second location near U Street NW.

Well, not so fast. Mendizabal told me this afternoon that he has worked out a deal with landlord, TRT, after all. The owner plans to build that vent to the roof at his own expense, to replace the controversial Smog Hog scrubber system, and hopes to reopen to the public around Feb. 1.

Read the rest of the story on Going Out Gurus.

By Tim Carman  | December 22, 2010; 6:40 PM ET
Tags:  Dupont Circle, Rogue States, Tim Carman  
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