‘Here to stay’

 In today’s society, it is common for freshmen college students to get homesick. Mainly because of the home cooked meal they anticipate when returning home for the holidays. 

However, Chester Rogers III, a freshman wide receiver here at Grambling State University, doesn’t have to miss those home cooked meals, he convinced his parents to bring their cooking and more to GramblingRájo’s Chicken and Waffles, Buffalo Wings too. 

“He (Rogers III) missed the home cooked meals from back home and he really wanted people to experience the food,” said Rogers’ mother and owner of the restaurant, Tami Rogers.

Currently located across the street from Washington-Johnson Complex where Jerkers used to occupy, Mrs. Rogers, a Huntsville, Ala., native said the family owned business that has 50 “finger licking good” flavors of wings made-from-scratch “is here to stay and here to establish consistency.”

anting to introduce the Tennessee Valley area to something different, Tami incorporated the most talked about chicken and waffles famed from Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles in Los Angeles.  

After talking to her husband, Chester Rogers Jr., for decades in opening her own restaurant, Mrs. Rogers opened the then Best Wings Chicken and Waffles April 2012 in Decatur, Ala. 

“Rájo’s is a nickname that my husband was given as a child,” said Mrs. Rogers when explaining the meaning behind the new name. “It’s also similar to our last name Rogers.”

Being a sports-family filled with athletes, the restaurant is filled with flat-screen televisions for the games and unique home décor.  

The Huntsville native said she was proud of the business move in opening a second restaurant because the small hometown community that Grambling has fits into the mold of the family’s values.

Rájo’s provides the community and students with comfort-foods in a warm-welcoming atmosphere.  

Serving made-from-scratch dishes like grandma’s original waffles recipe and homemade desserts from locals, Rájo’s has something to offer and more. 

Starting next Sunday, Uncle Willie’s Soul Food Sunday featuring different entrees and various vegetables will be on the menu for $8.95.

Currently open for  business and testing period, Mrs. Rogers said, she is also offering catering options for graduation. The official grand opening will be at the end of May with free wing samples from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Future specials will be different every week, from Buffalo wings combo special with one flavor to much more. In the fall Rájo’s is anticipating on having the G-Flex for students as well as various flavors of homemade waffles.



Hours of  Operation

Mon-Thurs:10:30 a.m.- 9 p.m.

Fri & Sat: 10:30 a.m.- 10 p.m.

Sun: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.


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