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Who’s Eating the Neighborhood? A Deep Dive into Dupont’s Fast Casual Dining

The PNC Bank building in Dupont Circle and its three tenants. Photo by author.

Introduction

Fast casual is the new hot trend in dining- a fusion of fast food speeds and casual dining quality, it seems flawless. Until recently, with the rise of Chipotle and its contemporaries, it looked to be the new hegemony. However, I feel the need to question these places on account of not only their ubiquity but their also their fundamental artificiality- no matter their ethos, they are fundamentally capitalistic ventures. In response to this, and the challenge of rhetorically analyzing BGR: The Burger Joint, I decided to analyze a small strip of Dupont Circle to try and get at the heart of exactly what makes it tick.

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