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  • Truxton Thomas

    The power of PoP coming through yet again.

  • Soooooooooo Happy!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I didn’t think you were allowed to simply wash the grease away. Aren’t there fines if anything other than storm water enters a storm drain? I also understand if cars drive through and track the grease you’ll want to clean the underside of the cars as old food grease can stink when it’s hot and the odor can linger for weeks.

    I guess my question is whether they are having the spill professionally remediated or if they are just pushing it into the alley?

    • Bloomy


    • Anon

      They’re clearly just pushing it down the alley.

    • Anonthony

      Theoretically you are correct, but it’s practically impossible to keep certain nasty substances from going down storm drains. Fluids that leak from cars as well as particulate matter from exhaust end up going down those drains when it rains.

    • dcd

      I heard they have ordered 4 cases of paper towels from Costco, and the founders will to lovingly blot up the grease so it doesn’t enter the bay. Trump is coming to help them do it.

      • Anonymous

        Well there are companies you can hire to do this properly.

  • Anon

    Good for them cleaning up. There was a BBQ place at 14/U (think I noticed that it’s out of business now) that constantly leaked into the alley, which would then pour all the way down U street, towards 13, until finally going down a storm drain. My repeated complaints fell on deaf ears. Every time, BBQ place acted like they had no idea of issue.

  • Anonymous

    Wait. Are they just pressure washing the spilled grease into the drain? That…that doesn’t fix the grease spill. That pushes it into the sewer system, where it causes even more problems.

    • anon7

      oh for f—‘s sake. this isn’t an EPA superfund site. they’re cleaning it in a reasonable way. this is exactly why this kind of public shaming is getting so ridiculous, and it’s probably the reason why taylor didn’t respond to the OP from yesterday. the moment that the target tries to do the right thing, more people pile on and continue the criticism.

      • Anon

        “this isn’t an EPA superfund site”
        Have you recently tried one of their hoagies? They’re criminally bad.

      • Anon

        The thing is – this type of spill is regulated. Just washing it down the street is not the correct way to deal with it.

        • Anonymous

          Yes. Anon7 is off base.

      • Anonymous

        No one said that it was a superfund site, and in no way was the post public shaming. You don’t pour oils and fats down the drain, because they congeal and clog things up. This isn’t anything new. End of story.

      • Jay

        I think the point here is that they’re not “cleaning it” (in a responsible way or otherwise). Instead, they’re “relocating it” so that instead of causing aesthetic/olfactory issues in the alleyway, it will cause more problems in the storm drains. It’s great if they’re getting a replacement tank, but if they acknowledge that a tank is proper and necessary to dispose of the grease, the interim solution of flushing it down the drain is, on its face, inappropriate.

        • anon7

          It appears that the worker has a mop bucket as well, which may have been filled with a biodegradable detergent. If that’s the case, I’m genuinely confused what else people are expecting taylor to do.

  • PetworthGuy

    Love Taylor and their quick response! Great management, great food.

    • Accountering

      Poor management, mediocre food. This is a guy who relys on upper middle class Washingtonians for his livelyhood – those same Washingtonians who can easily walk an extra 100 feet to the next lunch spot, when said manager then goes and actively supports trump – that is not good management, that was idiotic.

      • PetworthGuy

        Knew this was coming. He did not support trump at all – he met with him at a small business meeting, as Taylor Gourmet is an iconic and established DC chain…..read a few of the articles that came out afterwards. He didn’t vote for him, and doesn’t necessarily like him either. He put his personal opinions aside for the betterment of small businesses within DC. I, like many Washingtonians, despise Trump but I won’t boycott a local establishment based on rumors that he is a trump supporter.

        • anon

          He doesn’t have to be a Trump “supporter” for me to avoid his business. I simply don’t like the optics and his business is now tainted by that perception to me and many others. No one forced him to appear in that photo op and I struggle to see how he would have been harmed by abstaining.

        • Anon

          PetworthGuy – you’re clearly well-within your right to support this establishment, as is Accounteneering to avoid it. (I personally avoid it because the food is highly mediocre.)

          • ZO

            +1, food is expensive, food is meh and everyone is entitled to their own opinion.

          • PetworthGuy

            Of course – to each their own

        • Jay

          Okay, it may be pedantic, but I just couldn’t get past it… Taylor Gourmet… an “iconic” DC chain? What? It hasn’t even been around ten years… It may be trendy, prolific, or even popular, but it takes a certain bizarre perspective to think that Taylor Gourmet is an iconic DC restaurant…

          • OP Anon

            Yeah, not sure how it is “iconic DC” when they are ripping off the sandwich styles of another city (Philly!)

  • TG

    Are they going to pressure wash the entire alley? The space in the center of the alley, and between 11th and 12th street is filthy. It appears they are just pressure washing the area directly behind the business. Taylor are you addressing this?

  • TG

    BTW love the URL for this page “Which sandwich is making all this grease anyway”

    • Anonthony

      They have mozzarella sticks and risotto balls, both of which are deep fried.

      • Tsar of Truxton

        I don’t love the sandwiches (when it first opened, i.e., before expansion, they we good), but the mozzarella sticks are yum (and huge!).

  • Sarah

    Where in the Anacostia is all the grease going? Power washing this only pushes it downstream.

  • MadMax

    If only the complaints about their food quality prompted this quick of a response…

  • dcd

    Lots of these responses remind me of the Proof thread a few weeks ago.
    1. Posters express (disproportionate) outrage over questionable business practice (disproportionate in this case, I think the reaction to the Proof sign was appropriate).
    2. Business addresses concerns – in this case, ordering a new grease tank and cleaning up spill.
    I know this is a function of the internet age, where people have more agency – and generally that’s a good thing. But sometimes it’s not.

    • OPO

      DCD I agree with you on this, but the business was contacted multiple times with no response, the city was contacted multiple times and then it all happened again and repeated itself. At that point what options are you left with beyond (lightly put) public shaming?

      • dcd

        So you’re saying that you don’t believe the initial “outrage” was disproportionate? That’s fine, reasonable minds can disagree. As someone pointed out yesterday, I’m a little puzzled by the notion that the business owes a response to an individual about a complaint like this (I’d be more annoyed at the city’s lack of response), but I wasn’t really referring the original post raising the issue as disproportionate, but to many of the comments.

    • Anon

      This is incredibly incisive!

  • Anon X

    The soap will help dissolve the grease. The amount actually on the pavement is minimal and the soap and water together will dilute it enough that it won’t clog 12″ water mains and by the time it gets to the anacostia the ppm of fat will be minimal. Not only that, it’s not a hydrocarbon, it’s a vegetable oil of some sort so the threat to begin with was far less, minimized by the small amount, minimized further by the soap, and minimized further by the dilution.

    The pollution issue is why the grease shouldn’t have been spilled in the first place, but once it is there’s a limit on what you can do or should do when the actual amount is quite small.

    • stacksp

      Simple Green + Power Washer. Originally it looked like they were simply going to rely on this weekends rain to clean it up.

  • Anon

    DPW writes:

    A notice of violation was issued and the business was ordered to clean the area.

    Area is being cleaned.

    We will monitor weekly.

  • jim_ed

    Tough but fair.

  • Smilla

    I agree that the photo makes it look like they’re simply washing the grease into the sewer system. Bad idea and not a solution.
    DC Water’s public tours of the Blue Plains Water Treatment plant are excellent.(https://www.dcwater.com/tours). Really eye-opening. You’ll think twice about what you flush/throw down the drain after touring the place. Litterbugs and people who are caught violating waste disposal laws should be forced to take the tour, and chronic violators should be forced to work in the sorting facility for a few weeks.

  • Obviously Terrible

    This is not the proper method for cleanup, so I think it makes sense to forward this post to the DC Department of Environment so they can get involved.


    • Anon

      Thanks for sharing.

      I will call tomorrow.

      If a large spill occurs and reaches or enters the storm drain, call the District Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency at (202) 727-6161.

      • Chris

        Thank you for sharing the number! I’m going to call in as well and encourage anyone else to as well

  • Anonymous

    I spoke with the district department of the environment today and they are responding.


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