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Why hasn’t Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles opened up yet in Anaheim?

Roscoes Chicken and Waffles, Anaheim

We have been waiting now for over a year for the new Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles to open up in Anaheim, at 2110 S. Harbor Boulevard, just a few blocks south of Disneyland.  And the wait continues.  The O.C. Register reported in April this year that “A Roscoe’s official said the Anaheim restaurant will open later this summer.”

A mini-scandal erupted in late May, of this year, when someone at Roscoe’s posted on their Facebook page: “Everyone is wondering why our Anaheim location isn’t open yet, and so are we. Call City Hall and ask what is the problem, could it be racial?” as reported by the OC Weekly.

The company quickly blamed that comment on hackers but it showed up on their Twitter feed too.

I can’t blame Roscoe’s for being frustrated by the planning approval process in Anaheim.  Doing business behind the Orange curtain has to be different from their experiences in Long Beach and elsewhere in Los Angeles, where Roscoe’s is a revered icon in the dining landscape.

Remember that the City of Anaheim actually sued the owner of the Angels, Arte Moreno, when he bought the franchise and changed their name to include Los Angeles.  How stupid was that?  They lost that lawsuit and now they are kissing up to Moreno as he can opt out and move his team in the next couple of years.

You can also follow them on Foursquare, where a few pictures are reported, as we all wait for them to open up.  They don’t have a Yelp page yet for the Anaheim location, but here is the link to the Yelp page for their Long Beach location.

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35 Responses

  1. m

    blacks want to make everything about race. idiots.

  2. boblabla

    m, you are an idiot. Roscoe’s isn’t about black, white or any color. It’s about fantastic, wonderful food. Shut your waffle hole.

  3. owners of Roscoe’s are the most disgusting people to deal with, they take advantage of smaller businesses and always rip them off…

  4. tfc

    Good! I don’t want a bunch of ni***** coming into anaheim its bad enough they started migrating here! Luckily its too expensive for there ghetto asses! Because there too fucking lazy to work! They always want something for free & complain about everything! Just because they were enslaved over 500 years ago get over it already! Its not our fault there dumbass race rolled over & agreed!

    • White Mama Bear

      TFC, your hate filled rant shows your true ignorance. When you spelled “there” the first time, I thought maybe it was a typo; however, when you used the incorrect spelling of “there” a second and third time, I realized we were dealing with the village idiot. When you are referring to a group of people it is “their” and not “there”. Also, you are using “its” as a contraction and therefore it should have an apostrophe, so it looks more like “it’s”. Having lived in Anaheim for many years (in the hills), I have encountered nothing but the nicest of black people – in fact, there are two black coaches on my son’s football team and both are wonderful people with wonderful families. I’m sorry you are the lazy one who doesn’t work hard enough to live in the nicer parts of the city where you don’t run into low class people of any color. Maybe you should stop YOUR complaining, go back to school, find a better job, and move on up to the east side of Anaheim. Oh, and slavery ended in the late 1800’s (not quite 500 years), and the civil rights movement was just 50 years ago, so get a clue you loser.

  5. nola

    Appalled by the hateful comments. TFC cant believe you would verbalize such hate.

  6. AJ

    I just want syrup on my chicken

  7. BJ

    As much as I’m also waiting for the new Roscoe’s to open…I think it’s an Orange County thing…not necessarily an Anaheim thing. There are absolutely NO Church’s Chicken locations in OC, and there are only a handful of Popeye’s. Why KFC and PepsiCo has such a stranglehold on the OC restaurant scene is anyone’s guess, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it has something with them having at least the Taco Bell headquarters in Irvine and not wanting any type of competing restaurants to open.

    Just my 2 cents…

  8. WIY

    Wow … The things that some post. It really makes you wonder how far have we come?

  9. francisco alvarado

    F this racist thing, I just want my damn #3 herb special here in anaheim, asap

  10. $Rome$4

    Yo Tfc, haven’t heard u commit sense the the white mama chewed u out for your ignorance. You said blacks are lazy and broke, but what are u besides ignorant? Let me answer, “Stupid”!!! Y don’t u step your racist game up and buy a phone that helps you with your vocab (aka) English dumbass we live in a era of new Technology. Lol! About your commits I have a lot to say but will keep it simple. Blacks aren’t the only ones who complain when things don’t seem right or fair all racist do, I mean what is your ignorant ass doing on your commit complaining… So get a grip and get your racist head out the clouds your never know when that complaining black person is next to you.. Lol! Fft: It’s funny how we can make commits behind close doors but don’t express the way you feel to the person you so call hate the most when you see them.

  11. carlos

    This doesnt explain why it hasnt open yet how hard is it to open a Restaurant in anaheim I seen mom and pop restaurant s pop up all the time

  12. Hard Hitting Journalism

    Dang good question. This is why I visit New Anaheim every day!!

  13. Jack A.

    There are some good chicken “sit down and order” restaurants in Orange County, but nothing like Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles. Even the famous “Knott’s Berry Farms Chicken Dinner Restaurant” isn’t quite what it used to be. And now, to finally have a good quality chicken restaurant in Orange County for the first time in a long time, would devastate not only nearby restaurants, but chicken restaurants in all of Orange County. It’s not a “racial” concern that most people would think. It’s actually more of a “business” concern. If I was a restaurant owner in Anaheim or a chicken restaurant owner in Orange County, I would not be very happy with a Roscoes Chicken and Waffle restaurant opening in Anaheim. So how much business can “one” Roscoes take from the other businesses in Orange County? Not very much, but remember, that if they are successful, which they probably would be, more will open in Orange County, and that is a cause for concern for other businesses. Personally, I love Roscoes and hope to see them open up many more restaurants all over the United States and beyond.

    • Editor

      The restaurant business is a tough one. Restaurants have two continuously improve and develop new dishes. Perhaps Roscoe’s will compel competitors to get on their game! Consumers will be the winners.

  14. Reverend Mike

    OMG … way back when this was about CHICKEN & WAFFLES I was anxiously awaiting the new Roscoe’s opening less than 1 mile from my house… now I am ambivalent at best. I am thankful that we still have a true jewel of a chicken restaurant here in Anaheim without all this racial crap ! LaPalma Chicken Pie Shop & Bakery (in the old shopping center on southeast corner Euclid & LaPalma) . . .’nuf said

    • Concerned OC Resident

      “If it was Mickeys Chicken and Waffles it would have opened on schedule!”

      Wow lot of craziness! But its really bothering my wife and I that’s its taking so long Roscoes was where we went on our first date after a night of dancing in LA and its just taking way to long! It’s kinda sad that the Joe’s Italian Ice opened up across the street from the Roscoes construction site in a matter of months! Also I have watch them build open a new Walmart in Anaheim on Lincoln and Beach and there’s Apartments that are almost done in a few different locations in Anaheim! Why is this taking so long? Really I want answers, actual facts! We as the people of Anaheim and orange county deserve to know! I got so excited when I heard the news and saw them working on it and now I drive by and just shake my head in disgust seeing that nothing has changed. I bet if it was Mickey’s Chicken and Waffles it would have opened as scheduled. :( Maby Disney is the Mob and Roscoes doesn’t want to pay the tax lol! I kidding but man please who ever is in charge get this done. So the tourist that have never had Roscoes can have a bite! OK I’m done. I feel a little better. Thanks for reading my rant.

  15. JG

    The comments about Churches and Poppeys are off base. There are at least 6 in the OC. As far as Church’s goes a district manager told me they would love to open a location in Orange County but the rent’s are too high and do not work with their business model and pricing. Poppeye’s and Church’s have the same parent company

  16. JG

    The comments about Churches and Poppeys are off base. There are at least 6 in the OC. As far as Church’s goes a district manager told me they would love to open a location in Orange County but the rent’s are too high and do not work with their business model and pricing. Poppeye’s and Church’s have the same parent company

  17. lgc.

    Obviously the republicans in the O.C. are just as bad as the ones in congress. THEY WRK FOR US AND GET NOTHING DONE…..They are not even Able to get Fla chicken house open.

  18. Sue

    We are tired of being lied to about the opening of Anaheim!!!! Please just tell us the truth and that will make everyong respect you!!!

  19. Sue

    Please just be honest with people and keep us posted on the opening date. After all this time you need to give us all some incentive to eat there!!!

  20. MissNovemberTuesday

    LMAO! Exactly. And that is MY commENT.

  21. the truth

    First there weren’t enough parking, then they were waiting for a final inspection, then days before possibly opening a few weeks ago, a city inspector reinspected their kitchen and said they needed more ventilation. Then days after that, the city decided to mysteriously repave the sidewalk and driveways infront of the restaurant. I hate to speculate so I won’t. But if you really want to know the current happenings with that place, drive by during the day and ask the construction workers that always say “we’ll be open in 2 weeks” or the security guard at night that just scoffs out of frustration when asked when are they opening. Strange indeed.

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