Roscoes Chicken N Waffles might finally open in Barrio Logan this year. What does it mean for the neighborhood?
Iconic LA soul food chain Roscoes Chicken N Waffles is finally one step closer to making their long-rumored San Diego plans a reality.
According to a report by SanDiegoVille, the fried chicken giant is currently in the final development stages to begin construction on its San Diego location, situated in Barrio Logan at the corner of National Ave and Sigsbee Street.
With rumors having been tossed around for over three years, including a stint where Roscoe's even briefly hung up a "Coming Soon" sign in 2017, apparently it now all comes down to a City of San Diego vote on April 17th to see if the plans spring to life. If approved, Roscoe's will demolish four existing buildings (currently vacant) on the corner of 1600 block of National Ave to make way for the 4,000 square foot, two-story building.
Much like most development in this city, however, the news comes with its fair share of polarizing reception.
For some, a Roscoe's in San Diego sounds like a perfect way to quickly satiate our hunger for the popular chain, as well as another avenue to better increase tourism. Iconic chicken without the two hour drive. On the other hand, the historic Barrio Logan neighborhood has long become the city's leading example of a neighborhood fighting tooth and nail to avoid gentrification at all costs (shout out La Grazia). With a popular chain in the mix, many worry that the city would be opening the floodgates for other businesses to come and pillage even more property away from the residents.
Unlike the La Grazia fiasco, though, it is difficult to pinpoint Roscoe's move as an opportunistic attempt to ransack the buzzing neighborhood. Founded by Harlem native Herb Hudson in 1971, Roscoe’s has long emphasized the importance of keeping shop in underserved areas, including locations in Inglewood, Long Beach, and Pasadena—not as a leach to the area, but as a symbol of solidarity with the community. The hood staple.
Whether that hood staple pass translates well into other areas outside its cultural domain, we’ll still have to see. For now, we can only wait for the city to decide. If voted for, the project will be set to open as early as this year.