Ready for a rotisserie chicken redux? Poulet Galore — the walk-up lunch window that served well-brined chicken in South Lake Union before closing in 2017 — is going to re-open up in Ballard as a sit-down restaurant in August. The spot from renowned Seattle chef and restauranteur Josh Henderson originally captured attention for its moist rotisserie chicken platters and sandwiches on griddled sourdough bread, but it closed at the same time as Henderson’s other two restaurants (Vestal and Cantine) in the same Amazon-heavy area shut down. Henderson hopes to have better luck in Ballard with a bigger space — including a patio — and extended hours. The company working on building the new location (in the spot once occupied by Volterra) posted a shot of the exterior on Instagram this week.
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Meanwhile, customers can currently get a preview of what’s in store at the Capitol Hill and Bellevue farmers markets at Poulet Galore’s pop-up stands. Henderson’s team brines and then air dries chickens over 48 hours before seasoning them with salt and pepper and slowly roasting them. At the markets you can take-away just the bird, or make it a meal with some of the various sides that they’ll be rotating and featuring throughout the season. included braised beans with ham hock, herbs, and sofrito, and chicken fat roasted root vegetables. Expect an expanded menu once the new spot opens up.