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Roasted: Dinner is Served!

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What started out as a simple coffee house and event space has transitioned into a Mediterranean dining experience. Nicholas Rizkalla, partner and general manager of Roasted Café, transports diners across the sea to Egypt with a wide array of authentic Mediterranean food. After four years of serving coffee, teas, and a heart heathy lunch, Rizkalla decided to offer visitors to downtown another option for dinner Wednesday through Saturday. “Things that have been going on have definitely affected business,” explained Rizkalla, “Like these Cox Capitol Theatre sell out shows are helping. This has been a huge success to Second Street. Finally, we are moving, and I know that more things are coming and we are excited about that.”

The increase in traffic on Second Street in the evenings has made an economic impact on businesses that bought into the concept of developing around the corner from the more established Cherry Street. With the opening of Bearfoot Tavern, Main Street Pizza, El Camino and the sellout concerts at Cox Capitol Theatre, the most logical move for Roasted was to step up and offer another dinner option.

The dinner menu will feature many of the lunchtime favorites, but also include some new items. Diners will get to try Chicken, Steak or Lamb Kebabs. Each plate will be served on a bed of saffron rice with seasonal sautéed vegetables. Another favorite will soon become the Rosemary Honey Mustard Chicken. It is a grilled chicken tossed in a home-made Dijon honey mustard and rosemary, also served with a bed of saffron rice and sautéed seasonal vegetables. The highest price point is $13.

“What we do differently is that we get all of our spices, down to the oregano -we bring in from Egypt. It gives it that unique taste and flavor,” said Rizkalla, “Everything is going to be Mediterranean infused –We have our own blend that we put together, and it all will have that fusion.”  Not only are their spices imported directly from Egypt, but they also have a special grower that provides their Hibiscus blend for their show-stopping Hibiscus tea.

And that’s just the beginning to their menu expansion. “We also have a new beer and wine menu, with an extended wine list. Before we only did a couple of house wines.” Some additions that will be a crowd favorite include an Organic Chocolate Milk Stout, by Sam Smith, as well as an Original Sin Elderberry Cider. With over 13 new wines and champagne, and over 24 beers and cider, the additional offerings are sure to be a welcome change.

Along with dinner, be on the lookout for Disco Lunch, a monthly event offered on First Fridays at Roasted. “We are not going to do events like we used to,” explained Rizkalla, “We still have some things, Disco Lunch is doing well. On April 1st, Megan Jean will be here. We will probably start to stick with the food side of things and music will just be an added little bonus.”

Rizkalla said that Roasted will probably stick to acoustic music or a light DJ for the dinner crowd. “We will start to stick with the food side of things and music will just be an added little bonus.”

For more information, visit their website at www.roastedmacon.com or follow them on Facebook.

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