Sunday’s Bears playoff defeat doesn’t imply the NFL is irrelevant for Chicagoans. As vacation takeout orders have turn out to be a lifeline throughout a pandemic which has worn out on-premise prospects, Tremendous Bowl Sunday gives an enormous occasion to plan round. And that’s led to a brand new mission from Rooh, the upscale Indian restaurant alongside Randolph Restaurant Row.
Ordering is live, as on Tremendous Bowl Sunday — February 7 — Rooh will launch a digital restaurant from its West Loop location. It’s known as Butter Rooster Shack and can function masala hen wings, Kerala hen nuggets, lamb keema nachos, and butter hen puffs.
“Oh my god, that’s my final meal earlier than I die — these nachos,” says Rina Mallick. She owns Rooh with husband Manish and says watching soccer at a bar was the couple’s perfect date night time. That’s how this new spinoff developed.
Out of doors eating is conserving Rooh alive with the eating room closed throughout the pandemic, however the Mallicks say they wanted extra informal fare at a lower cost level so the restaurant may appeal to extra repeat prospects. Rooh appears to thrive on holidays and for purchasers celebrating birthdays and anniversaries. Butter Rooster Shack provides them a possible new income stream whereas permitting Rooh to proceed to function individually. The area has two kitchens on totally different flooring in order that they have the area.
And whereas the meals is extra informal, Rooh chef Sujan Sarkar — he opened Rooh San Francisco in 2016 — warned the Mallicks that he wished to make sure a excessive degree of high quality (“He gained’t minimize corners,” Rina Mallick says). Sarkar has cooked internationally, and pledged to verify Butter Rooster Shack makes use of recent (not frozen) meats, and to nail the little issues. They’re utilizing a proprietary spice mix, and the sauces are made within the kitchen.
“We wished to maintain Rooh what it’s,” Manish Mallick says.
The menu additionally consists of fried hen, each dry-rubbed and sauced wings, and a roasted hen that’s marinated with cream, ginger, garlic, chili, and the aforementioned secret spices. The butter hen puff is one other merchandise of observe. This isn’t just like the butter hen calzone served at Superkhana International in Logan Square. That is impressed by the flaky, puff pastries served at Indian bakeries crammed with chopped meats like mutton. Additionally, as Indo-Chinese language meals positive aspects recognition within the Western world, they’ll supply the Calcutta-style spring roll filled with chili hen. Rina Mallick notes India’s first Chinese language settlers arrived within the port metropolis of Kolkata within the 1700s. They made use of the substances out there in India to create a method of Chinese language meals that pandered to locals.
The Mallicks hope Butter Rooster Shack can discover an viewers. Manish Mallick says others have tried to combine American consolation meals with Indian flavors, however haven’t executed. He sees potential to open devoted places throughout the nation. However proper now, he and his spouse are hoping to discover a new income stream throughout a pandemic which has wreaked havoc with the restaurant business.
In one other contact, Butter Rooster Shack is providing beer from Azadi Brewing Company, a brewery that debuted in November inside Pilot Project Brewing in Logan Sq.. This Indian-inspired beer makes use of spices like cardamom and mango. There’s additionally a chai stout.
On-line ordering has already began, so reserve these recreation day packages for Tremendous Bowl Sunday. It’s an enormous day even when the Bears aren’t current for the 14th-straight yr.
Butter Rooster Shack, at Rooh, 736 W. Randolph Road, out there for ordering via Tock for choose or supply by way of DoorDash.