Mayor Muriel Bowser, Department of Public Works Director Christopher Shorter and Department of Health Director LaQuandra Nesbitt will meet with Barracks Row business owners on Thursday to discuss launching a pilot rat abatement program in the area, the city announced today in a press release.
The meeting will be held in conjunction with Bowser’s District-wide spring cleaning campaign. Other efforts in that campaign include tree planting, waste disposal and a campaign to repair or renovate 64 alleys throughout the District.
Barracks Row has long had a problem with rodents. At least three Barracks Row restaurants — including Capitol Hill Tandoor & Grill, Pizza Boli’s and Banana Cafe — were temporarily closed due to pest problems last year.