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Roaming Rooster Will Open a Chicken Sandwich Shop East of the Anacostia River

Plus, Old Town’s new waterfront grill gets a winning review

Five Roaming Rooster sandwiches are surrounded by fries and other sides
Chicken sandwiches from Roaming Rooster
Roaming Rooster [official]

A mixed-use development east of the Anacostia River will hope to attract visitors and new residents to Ward 7 with five recently announced restaurants, including a location of rapidly expanding local fried chicken brand Roaming Rooster. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced last week that Skyland Town Center will host the fourth D.C. store for Roaming Rooster, a Black-owned business known for crispy sandwiches made out of free-range poultry. Skyland Town Center also has a new 263-unit apartment building called the Crest that’s preparing to start leasing. Roaming Rooster is expected to open by the fall. Additionally, the complex will get an outpost of fast-casual conveyor-belt pizza chain &Pizza, the first standalone store for South American street food spot Maizal, a location of Annapolis-based Mediterranean restaurant Mezeh, and a Tropical Smoothie Café.

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  • A GoFundMe page has raised more than $700,000 for the family of an Uber Eats driver who was killed in an attempted carjacking in D.C. Police charged two teenage girls with murder.
  • Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema finds a lot to like at Ada’s on the River, a new waterfront grill in Old Town Alexandria. [WaPo]
  • Tim Carman explores how all-veggie Southern Indian restaurant Woodlands has taken on a new life as a Silver Spring ghost kitchen after letting its lease expire in Langley Park. [WaPo]
  • A bright green produce truck called Curbside Groceries is giving Ward 8 access to more fresh fruit and vegetables. [DCist]
  • Busboys and Poets owner Andy Shallal tried to summit Mount Everest. [DCist]
  • U Street NW bar Local 16 hopes to reopen in June [Popville]