French-Inspired ‘Rooted Rotisserie’ Now Open in Hollins Market

| October 11, 2023 | 0 Comments

French restaurant Rooted Rotisserie has opened at 1116 Hollins St. in Hollins Market. It is a new concept by husband and wife Chef Joseph Burton and Amanda Ngangana.

1116 Hollins St. has been vacant in recent years, but was home to several different restaurants in the past including Cultured Pearl Café and Mi Ranchito. Burton and Ngangana spent the past five months renovating the space to give it more light and to highlight the original details in the building. The dining room has a mural and family pictures of Burton and Ngangana.

Burton was a sous chef at Foreman Wolfe’s Johnny’s Downstairs and Giada De Laurentiis’ GDL Italian at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore. Ngangana has worked for Marriott. This is the first restaurant venture for the couple.

Burton and Ngangana were both furloughed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and Burton began posting pictures of his home-cooked meals on Instagram. Followers became interested in his posts and it evolved into a weekly dinner offering.

They thought about opening a food truck or stall at Cross Street Market, but Ngangana described 1116 Hollins St. as “love at first sight” after taking a tour. They also moved into a home in the neighborhood to be closer to the restaurant.

On a recent trip to France, Burton and Ngangana fell in love with the style of rotisserie chicken in the country and wanted to bring a similar concept to Baltimore.

Rooted Rotisserie offers whole and half chickens with a preserve lemon, garlic, and herb oil. Sides include confit potatoes, broccoli au gratin, Brussels sprouts, and parmesan truffle fries. The menu also offers a pulled rotisserie chicken sandwich. Additional entrees include a vegan smoked mushroom bowl, duck confit, and salmon meunière.

Small plates include salads, smoked trout dip, charred shrimp, and caddies. For dessert, Rooted Rotisserie offers strawberry shortcake.

Burton will continue rotating different plates onto the menu.

Rooted Rotisserie offers carryout, delivery, and catering, in addition to dine-in service. It is currently BYOB, but offers homemade lemonade.

A previous liquor license at the building expired and Ngangana said they are hoping to secure another one in the future.

Rooted Rotisserie is open Wednesday to Sunday from 4pm to 9pm and has a seating capacity of 50 that includes tables and bar seating. Burton and Ngangana are interested in offering lunch hours in the future.

“We’ve received so much love from the people who live here,” said Ngangana. “They’ve made us feel like a part of the community.”

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