Tom Lutey and Larry Mayer from the Billings Gazette spent some time with us recently. Below is and exerpt from their article.
The Roost, a new fried chicken restaurant that’s Southern down to its cheese grits and boiled peanuts.
The 1520 W. Main St. location sports only an open sign in a window fronting Bozeman’s busiest street and an red off-street sign with its moniker. The restaurant’s easiest entrance is 20 yards to the east in what doubles as a ski shop parking lot. In spite of this, The Roost is standing room only at lunch time.
“I love chicken. I love fried chicken. I’m passionate about it,” said Joe Darr, who with partner Mike Buck launched the restaurant this year. “So far our promotion has been word of mouth and the response has been tremendous.”
Darr, whose family has operated barbecue and fried chicken restaurants in Tennessee since the 1950s, was working for an organic and natural foods distributor before opening The Roost. He used family recipes for roasted and fried chicken and some key contacts in food distribution to produce an offering like no other in Montana.
In November, customers were lining up for the “Nashville Burn,” a deceptively spicy fried chicken that goes down easy but five minutes later raises sweat beads on the nape of customers' necks. The Roost has less spicy options than the Nashville Burn, but everything has a little heat to it and goes well with a glass of iced sweet tea.
Ode to the Chicken
This blog is just a small glimpse into the beautiful world of chicken and all things Southern Fried. Together, we'll have some laughs and maybe learn something in the process. Enjoy it with us and hope to hear from y'all soon.
Hugs and Fried Chicken,
History of the "Chicken Dance" - 101
The name of the original Swiss song was "Der Ententanz" (The Duck Dance). It is rumored to be a drinking song sung at Oktoberfest. Sometime in the late 1970s, the song acquired the name "Vogeltanz" (The Bird Dance) or "Vogerltanz" (Little Bird Dance or Birdie Dance), although these names never caught on seriously in Germany.
A boy of few words.
"I love Fried Chicken!"...pure poetry.
It's a bird, it's a plane...it's Super Chicken!
Word is spreading...Roost is opening mid-April in Bozeman. We're also an exclusive vendor for Bozeman based Genuine Ice Cream Company!