550 Battery St, San Francisco, CA 94111
Roscoe’s House of Chicken and Waffles is a Long Beach, California-based soul food restaurant chain founded by Herb Hudson, a Harlem native, in 1975.
It is best known, as the name states, for serving chicken and waffles, both together and separately, although they do offer more traditional menu items as well.
Soon after it was opened, Hudson had friends in Motown and television such as Natalie Cole who would spread the word to other celebrities; Redd Foxx would tell his audience that he went there.
The Los Angeles Times refers to Roscoe’s as “such an L.A. institution that people don’t even question the strange combo anymore.” The New York Times refers to it as a “beloved soul food chain”. The original location in Hollywood remains popular with celebrities.
In 2008, Roscoe’s fielded a successful trademark infringement lawsuit against “Rosscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles” which had recently opened in Chicago
The infringing store was forced to drop its infringing logo and name.A previous “Rosscoe’s” had opened in New York City, but the LA-based chain opted to not sue that location because it had no plans to enter the market; however, Roscoe’s did plan to enter the Chicago market.