The new Roosters in Washington C.H. will open for business with a grand opening on March 14, and the general manager is inviting the community to join the festivities.
“Everything has been remodeled in here,” Sarah Marcum, Roosters general manager, said during an interview Monday. “Everything is brand new, so we are starting fresh. We have a positive outlook for our new Roosters. We are trying to promote a fun, safe and healthy atmosphere for the community to come out and enjoy our food, beer and wonderful restaurant.”
Sporting a lighter brown finish on the inside, all the tables gleamed in the light and many workers could be seen completing work on the interior. Marcum said she wants to encourage the community to come and try out the new place during the grand opening later this month.
“We are also hiring every day and applicants can come in through the front door,” Marcum said. “We will have you fill out an application and we will perform on the spot interviews for applicants. Someone will be there Monday through Friday, 9 to 5. We look forward to seeing the community at our grand opening and we hope you come out to support Roosters.”
The management companies involved with Roosters and Dakota’s reached an agreement at the end of last year to make the transition, according to Pat McAllister, a spokesman for the Roosters southern Ohio franchise. Dakota’s Roadhouse, located at 120 Crossing Drive, had been in operation for approximately 10 years. The new Roosters will be operated under the same ownership.
“The decision to make the conversion was mainly because we thought that this is a great location for a new Roosters,” said McAllister during an earlier interview. “We currently have eight Roosters locations with the southern Ohio franchise, including Chillicothe, Circleville and Xenia, and we just felt like Washington Court House was a good fit with those types of locations. You have U.S. Route 35 going through that area where there is a lot of traffic and high visibility.”
McAllister emphasized that there were no plans to convert any of the other area Dakota’s restaurants into Roosters restaurants.
The employees at the Washington C.H. Dakota’s were offered employment at the new Roosters, according to McAllister. Additionally, gift certificates from Dakota’s will be honored at Roosters as well as other Dakota’s restaurants.
The Roosters southern Ohio franchise currently has eight locations including: Xenia, Chillicothe, Circleville, the Polaris in Columbus, New Albany, Zanesville, Springfield and Mansfield. Roosters offers many sports bar classics: chicken wings, pizza, subs, burgers, sandwiches, appetizers, etc.
“We’re very excited about bringing a concept like Roosters to Washington Court House and the area,” said McAllister. “It’s fun, casual place to bring friends and family to. It has great food and caters to all ages. People just seem to love it.”
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