A Sneak Peek at the Roxy’s Grilled Cheese Restaurant
The Allston brick and mortar has an all new menu featuring burgers and poutine.
When Roxyâ€™s Grilled Cheese opens the doors of its first restaurant on May 19, it will debut a more elaborate menu, a wine and canned beerÂ program, and the new home base for its fleet of food trucks. But fear not Roxyâ€™s regulars, the brick and mortar outpostÂ will continue to feature its adventurous, mayo-slathered grilled cheese sandwiches front and center. Co-owner James DiSabatino told us, â€śThe whole idea of it is for it to still feel like a food truck.â€ť
Its new Allston locationâ€”comfortably sandwiched between Root and Deep Ellumâ€”will turn out burgers and poutine, (something exclusive to the restaurant), as well as specialty hot dogs further down the road. The burger’s thin patties, sourced fromÂ KinnealeyÂ Meats in Milton, will be situated between Portuguese sweet buns from Carmen’s Bakery in New Bedford, and topped with seasonal add-ins thatÂ include vegan and gluten-free options. One example, which DiSabatino created for Roxy’s opening, is composed of a smoky, house-made pimento cheese spread, Grillo’s Pickles, and caramelized onions. Named “Justin’s Burger,” itâ€™s what DiSabatino deems â€śa ripper.â€ť
Though Roxyâ€™s is putting down roots, much about the business remains theÂ same. The kitchen is the same size as the truck’s cramped quarters, the environment is still fast-casual, and the restaurant maintains an open-concept kitchen.
The crew settled on the Allston spot after some serious real estate soul searching. â€śWe just wanted to pick an emerging neighborhood that was a little more open to allowing us to experiment,â€ť DiSabatino says. â€śI think the people coming in to eat here are probably a little less focused on consistency and more focused on seeing a menu that constantly refreshes itself.â€ť
Despite hiccups in the construction and licensing processes, the team is already mapping out their next location, which DiSabatino hinted at could be in Cambridge. â€śWe want to flesh out exactly who we want to be when we grow up,â€ť DiSabatino says. â€śThis will help us figure it out even more.â€ť
The Roxy's Grilled Cheese Restaurant
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