Roaming Rooster in Pike & Rose Opens Tuesday, June 21; Gaithersburg Location Announced

by Patrick Herron

The grand opening for Roaming Rooster at 11586 Old Georgetown Road in North Bethesda takes place on Tuesday, June 21 at 11am. As part of the grand opening festivities, the first 50 customers will receive a free sandwich of their choice. The Pike & Rose location will be Roaming Rooster’s first restaurant in Maryland and Montgomery County, and 9th overall. The company has also announced plans to open a Gaithersburg location later this year. We’re told an official announcement on the exact location will be made once the previous tenant has completely vacated.

In addition to its famous buttermilk fried chicken sandwiches, the 1,843 square-foot restaurant will also serve homemade frozen custard scoops and hand-spun milkshakes and says it anticipates employing up to 30 people there.

The Black-owned, Washington-based business started in 2015 as a food truck operating in the District and opened
its first brick-and-mortar in 2018. Having won a RAMMY for the “Hottest New Sandwich Shop” in 2021, an award
presented by The Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) to honor the exceptional
accomplishments of the region’s restaurants and food service community, Roaming Roosters’ recipes are sure to
spark an appetite in every lover of fried chicken.

The restaurant has also recently opened locations in Burke, VA, Chantilly, VA, and at Nationals Park, home of the
Washington Nationals. It is currently working on finalizing permits and construction for locations in Gaithersburg, MD, Crofton, MD, and Manassas, VA. All are scheduled to open this year.

The fast expansion of Roaming Rooster is easy to explain. The team acknowledges that a combination of quality
food and a loyal customer base is the magic recipe, one that has made it possible to thrive in an otherwise difficult
and unprecedented economic climate with escalating food costs, labor shortages, and supply chain challenges.


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