When it comes to fast-food culture, the chicken box is Baltimore's staple. With ties to slavery and black migration in the Jim Crow era, its history lends cultural significance to the city's go-to fast food.
The new stand appears to be a first for Royal Farms, or “RoFo,” which has more than 200 locations — mostly gas stations with adjacent convenience stores — spread throughout Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey.
At Square Meal, the floor-level restaurant of newly-opened Hotel Revival in Mount Vernon, the “Ro ‘Faux’ Box” substitutes the classic fried chicken for two buttermilk-marinated fried quails from South Carolina.
The city-owned Cross Street Market, built in 1846, is being developed and leased through a partnership between Caves Valley Partners and CANAdev, a commercial real estate firm. The renovation began in early 2018.