Roostertail opened on Wednesday night, a new concept from the husband and wife chef-owner team of Gerard Darian and Tracy Green. The idea is a casual eatery serving up American fare in an urban, neighborhood environment.
Darian and Green both have excellent pedigrees in the kitchen, working at Bix and Chapeua! respectively. Despite that background, they wanted to try something different (quick note: they tried a bunch of dishes at home on their very lucky kids) and their menu heavily showcases chicken, which is sourced locally from Mary’s Chicken. The star of the menu is the rotisserie chicken, which is prepared in the kitchen’s immense rotisserie spit. You can get rotisserie chicken by the quarter, half, whole and brisket. For those looking for wings, they are also available in 7 or 13 pieces.
The menu also features sandwiches (beef brisket, chicken & bacon, BBQ chicken, cheesesteak and pulled pork) large chopped salads and a number of great sides (french fries, mac and cheese, cole slaw, baked beans, cornbread). In terms of drinks, the focus is on wine cooler cocktails with seasonal ingredients along with wine and beer on tap and a wide and diverse selection of canned beers. They also have draft root beer and some other non-alcoholic offerings.
Stacy Jed of Amuse Management Group, who designed the former Cafe Kati space, said Roostertail will serve as a bridge between Japantown and the great retail shops and businesses on Fillmore. “We love this neighborhood. There is so much going on in this area with Japantown, the Sundance and the Fillmore down the street along with all the shops and other restaurants up and down Fillmore Street,” Jed said. “ We want people to come in before shows, singles and groups alike. This is going to be a gathering place to not only get great food, but meet great people as well.”
Jed said it will be a quick service restaurant for either dining in or takeout.
The interior of the restaurant will seat approximately 49 people with separate seating at the open kitchen and bar as well. There is a giant, high-definition TV on the wall as well so customers can catch the day’s big game. Jed said there will also be outdoor seating available soon (final permitting still going though) for the back patio which during the day, is normally filled with plenty of sunlight.
Roostertail is located at 1963 Sutter Street near Fillmore. Initially, they will be open limited hours, from 5:30-10 p.m. Expect full hours to begin next week (Monday-Saturday 11:30-10:00 p.m.).
Photo Credit: Main picture courtesy of Roostertail