Oh man yeah did I love this stuff. I used to drive way out of my way to stop at the only one that I knew existed, south of Akron OH. Not only did they have the best chicken in my opinion but they also had the best cornbread, and I am not a cornbread fan. I would take home a dozen of those little cornbreads each time I stopped by. They were so moist and sweet and had actual corn nuggets in them. If anyone would like to see if one of these wonderful roasters is still open in their area check out the website at http://www.nathansfamous.com/rogers/index.html
Ours is now a Chik-Fil-A, has been for years. I recall their chicken being pretty good, the aroma being incredible. The best place now to get roasted chicken is the lemon pepper at Publix.[:I]
There used to be one here in Williamsville (suburb of Buffalo) about 12 years ago. Only lasted a year or two. I found it similar to Boston Market which was a mile down the road and also closed.
I have never eaten at a Kenny Rogers Roasters but I did recently see a rerun of the Seinfeld episode where Kramer wants to shut them down, then becomes addicted to the chicken.
we had a kenney rogers roasterhere in beaverton oregon a while a go. and lots of boston markets. now that are all gone. i DID like the convenience of just picking up a pretty yummy roasted bird to take home and serve with my own sides or over a caesar salad or something….
you CAN get the chickens from the supermarkets, all cooked for you, but it’s not as good. too bad.
I used to eat at the Kenny Rogers Roasters here in Dalton, Ga. at least once a week when it was in business. Seems as if they had a tasty and inexpensive dinner with a good sweet yellow corn muffin (I don’t even like sweet or yellow cornbread). Some sort of good green beans and garlicky, buttery new potatoes come to mind also….
I also miss this place! There used to be one situated on the periphery of the Cherry Hill Mall here in South Jersey. We went there quite often when we lived in Pennsauken. One thing that I won’t forget is the aroma, which I can only call "the camping smell". It was great and I really liked everything in there. This store closed without warning and turned into some sort of Italian specialties place. That lasted about a minute, and then it turned into one of those Halloween stores. Now I have no idea what that building is.
However, Michael Hoffman’s post gave me hope, as Maryland is not far, really, and maybe they’ll expand to this region. That would be great, especially paired with Nathan’s. I don’t mind Nathan’s paired with Arthur Treacher’s, but Kenny Rogers – actually they couldn’t really do it in a mall, I don’t think. Well, this area is always being developed more and more (sometimes for the better), so we’ll see.
Boston Market really needs the competition in this area (personally I find them to be foul)!
I liked Kenny Rogers roasters.I drove a tractor trailer for Sysco foods back in the early 90s,and I delivered to many of them ,and they were all clean,very professionally run and had good food.I think they suffered the same fate as Boston Market,it’s the same food you made at home,and people like to eat things out that they would most likely not make at home(ok,I know your mother would most likely not wood fire roast a chicken,but it is basically roasted chicken).I think many people,not all,but many people eat out at fast food places and eat burgers,fries,pizza etc because they crave the greasy junk food experience.I liked Kenny Rogers roasters way more than Boston Market,and wished they were still around here.I have first hand experience having owned a fried chicken and rib restaurant that also sold smoked rotisserie roasted chicken that was delicious.We sold 10 times more fried chicken than we did roasted and both were delicious,and obviously the roasted was healthier,but people like that sinfully delicious fried chicken better.We eventually discontinued selling the rotisserie chicken which was fine by me it was more time consuming to prepare,and the rotiserie was a pain in the
a$% to keep clean.My henny penny pressure fryers pumped out 40 pieces of chicken each every 15 minutes,and sometimes on busy nights we could not keep up,I miss that place.
Our local one was 86’d a few years ago… Thats OK, first Donatos took over the building, then after they packed their bags, a local Mexican eatery took it over… Just keeps getting better!
They quit roastin’.
Maybe it was because Reuben James died or because Marianne Gordon, Kenny’s ex, owned a chunk of it or maybe due to somethin’ else – I dunno.
The first two stores were here in Athens… one on Atlanta Highway and the other on Gaines School Road on the Eastside. The Eastside one closed first, then the Westside one not long after that. I haven’t seen one anywhere in a goodly while.
I’ll never forget the little old country lady in a thrift store who very deliberately told me that his name was actually Kenny Roger and that the restaurant should be "spelt" "Kenny Roger’s Roasters." I reckon that’s ’cause it was "hi’s" – don’t’ye s’pose.
Abruptly, Ort. Carlton in Smiling Athens, Georgia.
It is now owned by Nathan’s and they have restaurants in Alabama, California, Florida, Idaho and Maryland.
I miss that place so much. There used to be quite a few in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area but then one day they were just gone. Anyone have any idea of what happened to the chain?
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