Cha Cha Hut BBQ now open in Roxbury
By Julia Green
Summer’s not here quite yet, but taste buds in Roxbury have nearly been fooled in recent weeks, thanks to a new take-out barbeque establishment: Cha Cha Hut BBQ.
“We wanted to open something in Roxbury because this is where we live and this is the community we want to support,” said co-owner Cherie Davis, who runs the business with her husband, Frank. “We opened a barbeque establishment because we love it, and it’s something that everybody seems to like, and we wanted to share that.”
Michigan natives who came to the Catskills by way of Brooklyn in 2005, the Davises were previously co-owners and proprietors of a two-person Web team, Foamy Industries, which developed Web sites and a variety of Web marketing materials for clients ranging from authors and musicians to small towns and farmers. Now, however, they are focusing all of their energies on the Cha Cha Hut, which opened its doors on January 13.
“It’s been quite positive and very nice,” Davis said of the feedback, adding that the restaurant already has repeat customers and a few regulars. “The Roxbury area community has been so unbelievably supporting that we’ve already met our goals.”
Cherie and Frank have both worked in the restaurant industry before, with Frank working at TasteBuds in Roxbury before it became Cassie’s Kitchen.
And as far as the menu goes, Davis said, it is comprised of “things we’ve basically learned and modified,” adding that they have five homemade sauces that are completely original.
“Our favorites are the pulled pork and the brisket, but we also do smoked turkey and ribs,” she said.
While the restaurant caters to a primarily take-out audience, there are a few tables at which diners can eat, and Davis said they anticipate adding more outdoor picnic-style seating upon the arrival of warmer weather.
“We have 10 seats,” she said of the current set-up. “It’s just one community table, but we’re primarily take-out. And though we’re hoping to do catering in the future, at this point we can’t actually do on-site catering. But for events, we’re hoping to have backyard barbeque-type things in the summer behind the shop.”
The Cha Cha Hut is also able to do big orders for parties and special events with prior notice.
The menu can be viewed on the restaurant’s Web site at chachahut.com, and Davis encouraged people to join the Cha Cha Hut as fans on Facebook for continuous specials and deals. In addition to its regular sandwich and platter items featuring pulled pork, brisket, rib meat or smoked turkey and side items, the menu also features various “of the moment” items, including sides, soups and desserts, as well as a “sauce of the moment.”
And, of course, no barbeque meal is complete without some real sauce. Diners at the Cha Cha Hut have five from which to choose: Maple Espresso, South Carolina mustard, Spicy Apple, Thundernagi and Mex-I-Can, all of which are made in-house.
“We have met so many people, that – and we’ve been here for over four years – that we never would have met if we hadn’t done this,” Davis said. “That’s the coolest thing, all the people we’re getting to meet. It’s exhausting, but it’s worth it.”
The Cha Cha Hut is open Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 1 to 9 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is located next to the river on Bridge Street in Roxbury between The Roxbury and the Public Lounge.