TikTok video reveals rats in Popeyes kitchen, climbing the partitions


Four DC Health violations were identified on April 21, including listing the outside door as “non-rodent-safe” and finding dead bugs in the ceiling panels.

WASHINGTON – The DC Popeye location made waves over the weekend after a viral video was shown on social media of numerous rats running around his kitchen and climbing the walls. A DC council member says the restaurant has been closed by DC Health.

Ward 6 restaurant at 409 8th Street SE is the setting for a TikTok video released on October 11th that shows a man saying he is delivering raw chicken, entering the restaurant while it is still dark, and that Turn on the kitchen light.

Several rats scurry across the floor and under boxes. At least seven rats run up the wall into the ceiling tiles.

“You still love the Popeyes Chicken?” says the video poster as he points the camera back at himself.

DC Councilor Charles Allen responded to comments on the viral video on Twitter and asked if he was “okay with it”.

“Absolutely not right!” Councilor Allen tweeted Saturday morning. “@_DCHealth inspected and closed this site yesterday.”

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Absolutely not right! @_DCHealth inspected and closed this page yesterday.

– Charles Allen (@charlesallen) October 30, 2021

WUSA9 has approached DC Health for comment but has not heard anything.

This Popeyes site was inspected three times by DC Health in 2021, once as a routine inspection (April) and twice for follow-up visits (February and June).

The last inspection was on June 10, and the report shows no violations were found. Four violations were found on April 21, including declaring the outer door “not rodent-safe” and finding dead beetles in the ceiling tiles. Both violations should be resolved within 14 days, according to the DC Health inspection report.

WATCH: Here is the original video that was posted on TikTok on October 11th

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