It's frequently and correctly stated that Los Angeles can be a challenging town for a restaurant to grow and thrive in, what with the competition and trends and fickle tastes and such.
To become a local icon, and a legend well beyond LA, is a far rarer story in the business, but that's the tasty tale that Roscoe's House of Chicken and Waffles has been writing for over 40 years.
What started as a small and bustling eatery in Hollywood, founded by Herb Hudson of Harlem, has blossomed into a multi-restaurant mainstay, one that is beloved for its soul food cred, hearty portions, delicious comfort cuisine, and neighborhood-sweet vibe.
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The neighborhood is changing, though, for one Roscoe's: The Pico Boulevard location is shuttering, per Eater LA, while a new spot at the corner of La Brea Avenue and Washington Boulevard is in the works (complete with "more room to sit" and "more room to cook," says Eater).
But a fresh start on La Brea and Washington bodes well for the iconic chain, one that has its eye on the future: An "early 2017" date is the projected opening, and the established Roscoe's of the region continue to serve up one of the city's best-known, syrup-ready, crunchy-savory duos.