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Chef Roberto Castre Returns to Houston With Succulent Peruvian Roast Chicken

The beloved chef will open Chicken Station in East End

A rendering of Chicken Station, headed to EaDo
Courtesy Roberto Castre

Two years after leaving Space City, Peruvian chef Roberto Castre is back, and he’s opening a Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken restaurant called Chicken Station.

The chef tells Eater that his brand new fast-casual restaurant will soon serve succulent, perfectly-spiced chickens at 7001 Harrisburg Boulevard in East End. Before heading to Washington D.C. to operate a Peruvian restaurant called Nazca Mochica, Castre made waves in Houston with the critically-acclaimed eatery Latin Bites. Now, he’s back and focusing (almost) entirely on roasting the perfect bird.

Inspired by places like the iconic Granja Azul in Lima, Peru, Castre traveled around the country sampling rotisserie chicken before coming up with his own proprietary brine, marinade and sauces. “Our chicken will be cooked over a charcoal grill,” Castre tells Eater. The menu hasn’t been finalized yet, but Castre plans to offer sandwiches, paninis and soups, along with several choices for side dishes ranging from fried yucca to sweet plantains and salchipapas (sausage and potatoes) alongside the roast chickens.

As for when Chicken Station will open, Castre hasn’t decided on an official date. “I think we are gonna start with the soft opening in three weeks,” he says. In the meantime, enjoy a teaser of Chicken Station’s crispy-charred chicken.