Roscoe’s Chicken ‘n Waffles announced that its central LA location on Pico Boulevard is now closed. The LA-based chain dropped the news on Instagram over the weekend, officially ending its run on Pico slightly west of La Brea to focus on the newer Mid-City flagship on La Brea and Washington.
The Pico location closure was in the works for years. In 2021, owner Herb Hudson told Eater LA that the planned move was to shift Pico operations into a bigger, more comfortable space. After numerous delays — the newer location was supposed to open in 2019 — the Mid-City Roscoe’s debuted a few blocks away in October 2021. The iconic chain first opened in Long Beach in 1975 and has a total of seven SoCal locations.
The Pico location was a regular stop for celebrities, tourists, and politicians, including an unscheduled visit by President Barack Obama in 2011. The moment resulted in a three-wing Obama’s special, which remains on the menu. Roscoe’s Pico was also featured as a location in Issa Rae’s HBO show Insecure.