Roaming Rooster Opens at Skyland Town Center

Roaming Rooster, the wildly popular fried chicken restaurant, celebrated the Grand Opening of its Skyland Town Center location on Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022.

The Skyland Town Center outlet is Roaming Rooster’s fifth restaurant in Washington, DC, and sixth overall. It is the first branch to open east of the Anacostia River, as well as the first time the chain opened in a first-generation restaurant space. Roaming Rooster anticipates employing up to 40 people there.

WC Smith is one of the lead developers of Skyland Town Center, which is located at the intersection of Alabama Ave., Naylor Road and Good Hope Road, in DC’s Ward 7.

The Black-owned, Washington-based business started in 2015 as a food truck operating in the District; the family parlayed its loyal following into a brick-and-mortar operation in 2018, since then opening DC locations in Tenleytown, U Street, Western Market and Woodridge.

The Roaming Rooster opening marks the start of an exciting year of openings at Skyland Town Center. A drive-through Starbucks, the first in DC, will open Feb. 11; a Lidl grocery store is anticipating a late 2022 opening.

Later in the year Skyland Nails and Spa, and Like That Barber, a neighborhood “institution” that has been serving families in Wards 7 and 8 for 30 years, will come online, along with Tropical Smoothie Café, &Pizza, Mezeh, Maizal, and Fuji Steakhouse and Seafood.

CVS and Chase Bank Community Center opened in 2021, as did The Crest at Skyland Town Center, WC Smith’s 263-unit residential property.