The Dupont Z-Burger recently featured in a viral video is closed temporarily while its owner makes some adjustments to the restaurant.
Z-Burger (2157 P St. NW) is hiring new management and staff and undergoing some renovations, according to owner Peter Tabibian.
“We’re going to change the concept a little,” Tabibian said. “We’re going to get the place nice and renovated and cleaned up.”
The changes come less than a week after a viral video showed a rat scurrying across a table inside of the restaurant. D.C. Department of Health inspectors noted “evidence of rodents… outside of the food establishment” but saw no live rats when they visited the restaurant Monday.
Tabibian said that’s not why he temporarily shuttered the restaurant, however.
“I momentarily closed it… but not because of the health department or anything,” he said.
In addition to the renovations and new employees, Tabibian is now the store’s sole owner. The restaurant was previously owned by a group of partners, he said.
When the Z-Burger reopens, it will have a few new menu additions, including breakfast items, Tabibian said.
“I’m going to reopen that place,” he added. “I just want to get some training done and make sure everything is perfect with it.”
(Updated 4:50 p.m.) A video of a large rodent scurrying around inside a Dupont burger restaurant is making the rounds online.
The video, posted above, shows a rat running across a table inside the Dupont Z-Burger (2157 P St. NW) while a crowd of off-camera onlookers shouts and shrieks.
“This is f—–g disgusting,” says one person.
“We need the health inspector!” and “are you serious?” two other people shout.
— ZBurger (@Zburger_) January 13, 2016
Howard University students and faculty will have a reason to visit Z-Burger’s Columbia Heights location next week.
The eatery, which is located at 3301 14th St. NW will sling one free burger, turkey burger or veggie burger to Howard students and faculty between Jan. 18 and 25, according to a Facebook event listing.
The promotion is part of a series of deals and discounts seemingly aimed at luring prospective customers with cheap burgers. The burger joint will also sell burgers for just $2 on Jan. 26.
Photo courtesy of Z-Burger
Veggie and turkey burgers will be sold for $4, and all toppings are free except cheese and bacon, according to a Facebook page for the event.
The promotion is part of a weekly city-wide deal aimed at luring prospective customers with discounted burgers. Next week, discounted burgers will be sold at the company’s Tenleytown location.