In Washington DC, the Michelin-starred Little Pearl restaurant on Capitol Hill announced that it will be temporarily closed due to cicadas, according to the US state Washington Post. Rose’s Restaurant Group’s owner and chef, Aaron Silverman, says approximately 80 percent of the restaurant’s outdoor seating is in “a thickly vegetated area.”
“We have decided to end the service at Little Pearl for 4 weeks starting May 10th in preparation for the cicada season … As we are trying to be as creative as possible this year to combat it, you know we do in good faith that a single cicada out of 100 decibels will ruin everyone’s dining experience; a ‘tsunami’ of them will be impossible to control. “
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The restaurant offers customers refunds for reservations and options to reschedule or transfer reservations to sister restaurant Rose’s Luxury.
Other companies now sell cicadas (known as Brood X) which sell coffee mugs and “choco-cadas”. Chef Joseph Yoon shares the “if you can’t beat them, eat them” approach and shares recipes of savory dishes like Cicada Nymph Spring Salad and Cicada Nymph Chile Guacamole through his Brooklyn Bugs Instagram account. YUM.
Cicada masses are expected in 15 states from Indiana to Kentucky to New York when soil temperatures reach 64 degrees. Insects spend 4-6 weeks above the ground, which means they won’t be around for long. Cicadas do not bite and are not harmful to humans, but they can get noisy and cause excitement for outside guests.