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Roots Restaurant Finally Open, Sneak Peak Of Their First Day

Roots Restaurant Finally Open, Sneak Peak Of Their First Day

Posted: Mar 9, 2021 5:16 PM
Updated: Mar 9, 2021 5:17 PM

On Tuesday, March 9, Chef Kris Allen will open the doors to his new Cajun
Restaurant, Roots. The initial hours will be 4pm-10pm Tuesdays through Thursdays and 4pm-11pm
Fridays and Saturdays.


Roots will be taking space in the old Cafe 329, located at 329 Dulles Drive. Kris Allen, the executive chef
at Pamplona, wanted to reconnect with his roots in this new venture with his own authentic Cajun
restaurant.


As a child, Allen recalls of learning his way around a kitchen from his grandmother. He credits learning
the basics of Cajun cooking from watching her. A favorite childhood dish of Allen’s is his grandmother’s
chicken and sausage gumbo, which relatives would drive from afar just for a taste. Roots will pay tribute
to the dishes Allen grew up on, with his grandmother as his biggest fan.


“I think I’m kind of the same as every good chef — At the end of the day, you just want to get back to
your roots and make the food you grew up on,” said Allen. “I want to make the food that made and
shaped me as a chef.”


The menu will include all the Cajun staples, from gumbo to blood boudin and fried seafood to crawfish
étouffée. In addition to their regular menu, Allen plans to serve boiled crawfish at Roots that will be
supplied by his family’s Ville Platte ponds. Allen plans to keep the menu simple through crawfish season
with more delicious additions coming into play afterwards.


About Roots
Roots is a full-service Cajun restaurant established in 2021. The restaurant features both indoor and
outdoor seating, a bar, and takeout service via a drive-thru window. Changes to hours may occur as
pandemic restrictions are lifted. Plans for outdoor Cajun jams will also come to life once guidelines allow

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