ROOST Uncommon Kitchen
  • 35 W. MARKET ST. YORK, PA 17401
  • 717.848.6576

ROOST Renews Their Dining Experience, and Their Biscuits: ROOST Uncommon Kitchen

Writer Michael Vyskocil
Photographer John Williams

As we watch York come alive with new possibilities, ROOST Uncommon Kitchen continues to evolve. A “brunch all-day” spot located in the center of Downtown York, ROOST is joining Market Street restaurants now adorning the sidewalks in tables and chairs to accommodate safety precautions and invite a fresh change to the dining experience.

When ROOST opened in 2016, it was one of just two restaurants on the block. Not to mention, owner Jordan Pfautz says, at the time there were only a few grab-and-go-style places for breakfast and brunch downtown. Options for friends and families who wanted to sit down to enjoy a morning meal were slim to none.

Pfautz’ intention was to provide that to the community while also making “honest food,” food he describes as being sourced from the best ingredients he can find with dishes made in-house from scratch. This means rotating specials, including smoked meats that change on a weekly basis and mostly locally-sourced ingredients.

“We really wanted it to be a place that was comfortable for people, a place to come home to. We wanted it to feel like your grandma’s kitchen,” he said. For Pfautz, this means providing value in flavor, portion-size, and affordability, as well as creating an accepting and inviting atmosphere for all. “We want everyone—race, creed, color, sexual orientation—to feel comfortable here. That’s very important to us.”

Since the recent shutdown, Pfautz has also put a lot of energy into ROOST’s food truck project, Vampire Taco Truck. Though Vampire Taco Truck specializes in tacos and quesadillas, all food preparation is done in ROOST’s kitchen with some overlapping ingredients. “They’re different brands, but they share a heart,” Pfautz says.

The food truck will continue to drive around and serve neighborhoods beyond city limits as ROOST opens up Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 8 AM to 3 PM for now. And most importantly, during their time off Pfautz and his staff have revamped their already delicious biscuit and fried chicken recipe. Stop in ASAP to grab a seat outside and try it out.

YRK PERSPECTIVES:

How has the York community supported the growth of your small business?
“Community events. The interesting thing with Roost is the majority of our business is Saturdays and Sundays, and it’s many people from the suburbs and tourists traveling through York.”
– Jordan Pfautz, Owner, ROOST Uncommon Kitchen

ROOST Uncommon Kitchen
  • 35 W. MARKET ST. YORK, PA 17401
  • 717.848.6576