Medium Rare founder Mark Bucher is importing a holiday tradition to Capitol Hill: staff will fry up — for free — any turkeys folks brought by his new(ish) Barracks Row location on Thanksgiving morning.
Bucher says he instituted the neighborly program back in 2008, and explained he has followed through with the meal-making assistance virtually every year since, though he noted he “took last year off.” His best showing so far: 120 birds dunked in a single day.
“We’re going to save people from burning down their house or going to the emergency room,” Bucher told Fox DC about his self-styled community service. This year’s deep-frying fest is scheduled to take place on Nov. 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Those interested in availing themselves of the furiously bubbling, skin crisping cooking technique must abide by the following rules:
- Turkeys must be completely thawed and weigh no more than 8 to 10 pounds.
- Participants must provide their own container to transport the finished product home.
- The service is first come, first served. (“We always get to everyone,” Bucher assured HOH.)
“We will have hot cider and coffee for all as well as the Macy's parade on a TV,” Bucher said of the amenities provided to those waiting on beautifully bronzed beasts.
And while the service is free, Bucher urges participants to make a comparable donation to a local charity.
Once the frying’s done, the restaurant will call it a day.
“We will be closed for Thanksgiving dinner so our employees can have family time,” Bucher said.