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Cha Cha Chicken opens on Forest Drive

| August 06, 2014, 11:11 AM | 0 Comments

Cha Cha ChickenSeasoned chef/local restauranteur Gennaro DiBenedetto, along with 2 local partners, announce the August 4th opening of the 2,000 square-foot Cha Cha Chicken less than 2 miles from the heart of historic downtown Annapolis.

The fast casual comfort food restaurant will specialize in coal-roasted pollo a la brasa, otherwise called Peruvian rotisserie chicken. Quarter, half and whole chickens can be ordered and can be paired with any of the 17 homemade sides including the traditional arroz chaufa (fried rice), yucca, roasted sweet potatoes, loaded mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and a variety of chilled salads.

In addition, a full menu is offered including entrees (orange chicken and chicken n’ waffles), sandwiches (cheesesteaks), tacos and tortas (Latin style sandwiches). “Cha Cha Chicken is a unique version of the recently popular pollo a la brasa concept,” owner Gennaro DiBenedetto says. “We offer a clean and comfortable environment, and a variety of options besides our chicken, which is cooked with charcoal, never gas.”

DiBenedetto is best known locally for his previous partnerships in such well established restaurants as Cafe Mezzanotte in Severna Park, MD, Carpaccio Tuscan Kitchen in Annapolis, MD and 4 Seasons Grille in Gambrills, MD. He opened, created the menu concepts and recipes and led the kitchen for each. Currently, DiBenedetto holds just one other restaurant, Carmine‘s N.Y. Pizza Kitchen in Chester, MD and will be opening “Little Carmine’s” in Severna Park in 2015.

At Cha Cha Chicken, the 40 seat restaurant features 4 TV’s visible from every seat inside and festive decor such as vibrant painted walls, colorful pennant flags, chicken wire accents and rustic reclaimed barn wood frames. A counter display offers tempting visuals of homemade side dishes along side a thick wood cutting board with cleaver for the rotisserie chef to carve steaming hot chicken to order.

Cha Cha Chicken is located at 1411-B Forest Drive, Annapolis, MD 21403 seats approximately 30 inside and 12 outside. Cha Cha Chicken will serve lunch and dinner for dining in or carryout. A catering menu is available and orders over $100 can be delivered free locally. Open seven days a week, the hours of operation are Sunday through Thursday from 11 AM to 10 PM; Friday and Saturday from 11 AM to 11 PM. For additional information, please call (443) 837-6127 or visit

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