Royal Farms is slated to open a stand selling fried chicken at Cross Street Market.
Royal Farms is slated to open a stand selling fried chicken at Cross Street Market. (Amy Davis / Baltimore Sun)

Developers for Cross Street Market say that a Royal Farms stand selling fried chicken will join the offerings at the renovated Federal Hill market this summer.

Arsh Mirmiran, a partner with Caves Valley Partners, which is redeveloping Cross Street Market, said that construction would begin soon on the stall, which will be near the market’s Charles Street entrance.

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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.

Royal Farms’ fried chicken, popular with potato wedges, is a cult favorite in the region. Baltimore Sun readers voted Royal Farms one of the top fried chicken outlets in the area in 2017. Food & Wine magazine included it in a list of “10 Gas Station Foods Across the Country That Are Worth the Detour.

A spokeswoman for Royal Farms could not immediately be reached for comment.

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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.

Once complete, Cross Street Market will include 22 merchants. Atlas Restaurant Group is in lease negotiations to open a seafood tavern and crab house at the Cross Street Market, as well as a seafood market.

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.

Baltimore Sun reporter Dan Rodricks contributed to this article.

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