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New Breakfast-All-Day Restaurant Gets Crackin’ in Greater College Park

Iron Rooster Opens Fourth Location in The Hotel

By Annie Krakower

Eggs, waffle, bacon, fruit

Iron Rooster, known for its all-day breakfast, will open this winter at The Hotel at the University of Maryland.

Photo courtesy of Iron Rooster

The campus community can soon rise and shine to hit up a new option for the most important meal of the day. Or they can sleep in, and still get their fill of candied bacon or Crab Cake Benny.

Iron Rooster, known for its all-day breakfast, comfort food and hospitality, announced on Tuesday that it will open its fourth location this winter in The Hotel at the University of Maryland. Serving College Park, with its robust population of students, faculty, staff and families, is a “dream come true,” said owner and founder Kyle Algaze.

“This city deserves a taste of Maryland’s best with some of the finest hospitality and that’s exactly what we’re going to deliver,” he said.

Iron Rooster first opened in 2014 and has Annapolis, Canton and Hunt Valley locations. Diners there can dig into favorites with a Southern flair, like chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits, and RoosTarts, the restaurant’s homemade take on Pop-Tarts that feature rotating flavors.

The Hotel in College Park
The Hotel at the University of Maryland (Photo by John T. Consoli)

Lunch options, like sandwiches, burgers and salads, are also available, and the College Park location will eventually serve dinner as well, said Heather Renz, Iron’s Rooster’s director of marketing. But the breakfast staples after breakfast time are the main draw—Open Table named Iron Rooster one of the Top 100 Brunch Restaurants in the Country.

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“There are a lot of believers out there in breakfast all day,” Renz said. “It’s nice for the guests to be able to have pancakes or eggs and bacon for dinner.”

Situated next to GrillMarX with an outdoor patio on Baltimore Avenue, the new Iron Rooster will tie into the campus community with UMD-themed décor. Restaurant ownership is also partnering with Maryland Athletics for sponsorship opportunities.

Like GrillMarX’s opening earlier this year, the addition of Iron Rooster in The Hotel, which is owned and operated by Southern Management Companies, boosts the $2 billion Greater College Park initiative to make the community a top college town.

“Having another sit-down, three-meal-a-day option is going to be a wonderful complement to the existing selections in College Park,” said Ken Ulman, the university’s chief strategy officer for economic development and president of the Terrapin Development Company. “It’s really rounding out very nicely.”



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