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Rosey's BBQ coming to Ambler!

I was walking through town yesterday and saw a big sign on an open store front on Main Street that Rosey's BBQ is coming soon. Yeah! First we got a bakery on main Street (Sweet Bytes), next we are getting a Brew Pub (Forest & Main), and now a BBQ joint, its like a dream come true! I am assuming its the same Rosey's as the one in jenkintown, I wonder if they are expanding.

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  1. It is the same folks. On their location web page it says coming soon to Ambler. I am not that in love with the bbq.. the stuff served in the trucks up in Lansdale is better IMNSHO.. but its great to see the Ambler renaissance continue!

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    1. re: cwdonald

      I agree that their BBQ is good, but not great (Fat Frank's still my fave around here). But since it is in walking distance from my house, I'm sure I will be there all the time! I am just so happy to see some good things happening on that block, it was a little desolate for a while.

    2. Hey guys, this is Chad, owner of Rosey's. Yes, we're coming to Ambler(which is also where I live). Same pit master Jarvis from Memphis, a bit of a scaled down menu. We're shooting for April 1st, but that will depend on health approvals, zoning, etc.. We'll be opening from the start as take-out, with a few bar tops to eat at if desired. Then a few months down the road, furnish the second side(11 Main St.), and open a BYO, sit-down joint with Blues on the weekends, as we do in J-town. Look forward to seeing everyone in Ambler!

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        1. re: roseysbbq

          Well it should be interesting to see Rosey's vs. Wooley's!

          1. re: roseysbbq

            That sounds fabulous, can't wait for the live blues!!!!

          2. This is great news, thanks for posting it, Amblergirl! It really is great to see all these new places coming in to Ambler, and so nice to be so close! :)

            Do you know the name of the brew pub that's going in?

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            1. re: jujuthomas

              The name of the brew pub is going to e Forrest and Main. The folks behind it are people who trained at the wonderful Mackenzie brew house, and their concept is going to English Style Ales. For more information take a look at this great report from the Beer Lass.

              http://www.beerlass.com/2011/01/hey-a...

            2. This is awesome, I am so excited, for the food and the BLUES!!!!

              1. I'm hoping things are proceeding well with Rosey's I'm so looking forward to this place opening. :)

                  1. re: jujuthomas

                    Interesting.. sausage off the menu in Ambler, and no beef ribs and fewer sandwich combos.. but looks very similar. And looks like Jenkintown will remain the catering center.

                    1. re: cwdonald

                      We ate here in the Jenkintown location the other day for the first time. It was fabulous. The sides were by far the best part. The sweet potatoes are sweet and tasty, the greens wonderful and delicate, the mac and cheese decadent. The sweet tea is a little too sweet, but good (I prefer Jamawn's, the Great Restaurant winner in Bklyn).

                    2. re: jujuthomas

                      Any news on the opening? I live right up the road and we are always looking for someplace new and good to eat that is close.

                      1. re: shana459

                        Yes, they will open for business July 1 at 11:00am! Grand opening the following week, July 8,9,10 and they are participating in Ambler Restaurant Week!

                        1. re: TheAmblerRambler

                          Thanks, we will check it out! When is Ambler Restaurant Week?

                          1. re: shana459

                            July 10-15 and then an Art Stroll on Sat July 16, 11-5pm. We are still working out the details but as of now 11 Ambler restaurants are participating offering either special prix fixes or some other kind of special. I'll keep you posted!

                              1. re: TheAmblerRambler

                                oh man, I'm going to have to mark this on my calendar. thanks for the info!

                      2. OK, I could not wait and we went on opening day!!!! I know, that's never a good idea since there are always a ton of issues with opening day but, heck, its barbeque down the street from my house so I couldn't resist!

                        Overall, there were some minor forgivable opening-day type issues, but everything was quite good. Its small, and split in two sections, the take out/ordering section when you walk in and a small casual dining area on the left. Nice warm colors, freshly painted (the stain on the benches was still sticky from the humidity!), casual vibe full of nice little touches like a chandelier made of mason jars.

                        Now the important part is the BBQ! The menu is on a huge blackboard when you walk in, with a nice selection of meats, sandwiches, platters, sides and desserts. We tried to order a little of everything and tried the brisket, smoked turkey, pulled pork sandwich, baked beans, mac n cheese, and sweet potatoes. Overall the sides were stand-out fantastic. The mac n cheese had a perfect ratio of cheese to mac.. it had so much cheese that when my 2 y/o daughter asked for more she asked for "more cheese". The meats were good but I think that is where they just need to work through the opening day kinks, to make sure they can serve at the right temperatures, etc. But, we all cleared our plates so there were no complaints!

                        Service was very nice and friendly, but it was opening day so it was a bit chaotic with long waits, but since they were only open a few hours by the time we got there, the chaos was understandable!

                        They do have desserts but since we were practically next door to Toto's, who serves the best gelato in the area, I could not resist to stop in for gelato (banana with dark chocolate flakes!).

                        Soon enough Forest and Main brewpub will be open so we can stop for a beer on the way home too!

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                        1. re: AmblerGirl

                          We tried Rosey's tonight, and everything was very tasty! We got there just about 6, and just before the crowd started rolling in. We each ordered a 2 meat platter, so tried pulled pork (our favorite), turkey, brisket and pulled chicken. We both enjoyed the baked beans, but found the mashed sweet potatos TOO sweet for our taste. the slaw was great, will have to try the mac n cheese another time. my favorite sauce was the Yellow - which surprised me. i'm not usually such a fan of mustard. The house had a nice heat build up after a few bites, I didn't try the hot.
                          Our only other comments were that the meat did not seem very smokey, and the spice the put on the turkey overpowered the meat a little.
                          I liked the vibe of the place - they had a couple guys playing guitar and singing the blues and were handing out beer for opening night. We'll definately go back.

                        2. I finally made my way over to Ambler to check out Rosey's last night. Wow, was it a disappointment! Every item was below par. The Chicken and ribs were dry and the sauce was almost sickening sweet. The cheese on the mac wasn't even melted - dry and funky tasting. The ribs up the street at Phil's are much, much better.