Roaming Rooster to add 3 locations in Md., DC

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been changed to reflect the correct location of the first physical Roaming Rooster restaurant. 

Family-owned fried chicken sandwich restaurant Roaming Rooster, currently with three brick-and-mortar locations, is adding three new storefronts.

Roaming Rooster began as a D.C. food truck in 2015, serving free-range, grain-fed buttermilk fried chicken sandwiches, and quickly expanded to three food trucks. It opened its first physical restaurant in the Woodbridge neighborhood in Northeast D.C. and currently has locations in Tenleytown and U Street.

This fall, Roaming Rooster opens a location in Maryland’s North Bethesda, at Federal Realty’s Pike & Rose. Two more D.C. locations are opening soon in the new Western Market Food Hall in Foggy Bottom and the Skyland Town Center.

The Pike & Rose location marks its first in Maryland.

Roaming Rooster will join two dozen other restaurants at Pike & Rose, including the soon-to-open Call Your Mother bagel shop and deli, its fourth D.C.-area location.

Roaming Rooster, judged D.C.’s favorite fried chicken sandwich in a Washington City Paper reader poll, serves a handful of takes on fried chicken sandwiches, including buffalo, honey butter and Nashville hot, with a choice of mild, medium or hot sauce.

It also has wings, tenders and an all-week breakfast menu.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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