For lawmakers, dining within eavesdropping distance of a D.C. newshound can prove hazardous to one's professional health. Add in a mass food poisoning situation — as turned out to be the case recently at Fig & Olive’s fledgling District outpost — and you’ve got a truly gut-wrenching scenario.
The New York-based restaurant, which took up residence in the swanky CityCenterDC complex earlier this summer, was shut down on Sept. 10 after numerous patrons fell ill with a suspected salmonella outbreak. The Washington Post’s Tim Carman reported Wednesday the Mediterranean-themed establishment had been cleared by the D.C. Department of Health to reopen — but only after destroying its entire food supply.
The wide-reaching hygiene scare has, so far, resulted in 10 confirmed cases of salmonella as well as reports of dozens of other potential illnesses.
NBC Capitol Hill producer Frank Thorp V revealed on social media that he’d broken bread there just before the forced quarantine. And, apparently, so had Reps. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and John Fleming, R-La.
Thorp told HOH he and his wife popped in on Sept. 6 to celebrate their anniversary.
By all accounts, the evening went well (“The food was great,” he said.), and neither he nor the missus felt compromised by any bacteriological agents.
A Meadows aide confirmed that the two-term congressman had supped there on the night in question (his first time), but said he was genuinely surprised to hear about the subsequent clampdown.
“He actually wasn’t aware of the food poisoning outbreak until I read him your email,” Team Meadows shared via email. “Good thing he was with Dr. Fleming, in case something had gone wrong!”
To wit, Meadows took to social media to congratulate Thorp for also making it through the hospitality crisis.
@frankthorpNBC @pkcapitol @GarrettHaake Frank, I'm glad to hear you & Mrs. Thorpe survived as well. — Mark Meadows (@RepMarkMeadows) September 16, 2015
One outstanding question: Will any of them head back to F&O in the future?
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