Fast Eddie's continues to draw a crowd despite the Richmond Highway establishment losing its dance hall permit this past spring.
Billiard tables topped the dance floor after the Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals decided against renewing the dance permit, the Washington Post reported on Monday, and the restaurant's staff dwindled from 30 to five.
Owner Maria Aguilar "blamed the crackdown on a cultural bias against Latino businesses that pair salsa on the table with salsa on the dance floor," the Washington Post reported:
"The county has the power to say whatever they want, and they harass businesses, especially Spanish places. ... They don’t understand our culture. When we go out, we want to dance."
County police officers said the restaurant was cited for occupancy violations and invited a boisterous clientele into the residential neighborhood, Patch reported in April.