Popeye’s branch in Washington, DC closed after a TikTok video appeared to show the kitchen infested with rats

Photo by Bruce Bisping / Star Tribune via Getty Images)

A Popeyes branch. Photo by Bruce Bisping / Star Tribune via Getty Images

  • A Popeyes department closed Thursday after a video emerged showing several rats in a kitchen.

  • The video was sent to TikTok by a man who claims to supply chicken to various branches.

  • A sign posted on the door of the restaurant in Washington, DC by DC Health, quoted food code rules.

A Popeyes near the Eastern Market in Washington, DC shut down earlier this week after a video surfaced showing rats swarming in the kitchen, Fox News reported.

The video was sent to TikTok about two weeks before the store closed on Thursday. In the clip, a man who goes by the name @ blaqazzrick01 and claims to deliver raw chicken to the Popeyes restaurants in the DC area takes the viewers inside the place and says, “do you all want to see something?”

Then he continues to open the doors and go into the kitchen, where several rats are whizzing around and whizzing up the walls.

“Do you still love that chicken from Popeyes?” says the man.

The video has been shared thousands of times since it was released on October 11th.

Popeyes did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Insider.

A statement posted by DC Health on the closed restaurant’s door read: “This business has been ordered closed for the time being for a violation of the District of Columbia’s Food Code, which poses an imminent health hazard to the public.”

There have been at least seven complaints of violations filed at six Popeyes restaurants in the district this year, excluding the most recent incident, according to DC Health Records.

Other fast food companies around the country have made headlines over hygiene-related incidents this year.

Earlier this month, a subway franchisee in Rhode Island filmed himself stamping on sandwich fillings and placing them on a toilet seat. The company said he had been fired after the videos surfaced.

In August, a Burgerville branch in Portland closed temporarily after the company said it found human excrement on its premises.

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