By Carol McCracken (Post # 1,324)
The Blue Rooster Food Co. opened one week ago today and it has enjoyed a successful opening week. Customers have been streaming into this new sandwich shop - whether it’s during the week or on the weekend – like today - in impressive numbers. (It will not be open tomorrow - Easter Sunday.)
Location is key to any successful business. Located at 5 Dana Street, the Rooster is in the epicenter of the bar district in the Old Port and the options for those patrons are somewhat limited. “We are tryng to fill the need for a good spot for lunch and late night without spending a bundle,” said Damian Sansonsetti, one of the four partners who started the business. The Rooster is close to numerous corporate offices and the partners expect to be catering for business meetings and other corporate events soon in response to several inquiries already.
The menu is split into two basic groups; various hot dogs and sandwiches. The choices are numerous and are creative. Their fresh produce such as spinach for salads originate from Dandelion Spring Farm, Newcastle, ME. They even make their own potato chips which are fantastic. “We do food the right way. We’ve collaborated on the menu because we have lots of different ideas and skills,” said Sansonetti. The inside of the Rooster has been completely remodeled in a red and blue decor and is most appealing. There is seating available inside.
One of the business partners is Randy Cruse, formerly the Chef de Cuisine for two years, at the former Figa restaurant on Congress Street. Tommy Barr, owner of Taco Escobarr, Congress Street and Dan McCarthy are partners as well.
The Rooster is open on Sunday from 11 am – 9 pm; Friday and Saturday from 11 am until 2 am and the rest of the week from 11 am – 10:30 pm. The phone number is 747-4157 to call ahead for take out orders.