Rockin Chicken

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Hartford’s Rockin Chicken: Peruvian Specialties from Back Home

The new Franklin Avenue restaurant specializes in rotisserie chicken

When he bought the building on Franklin Avenue in Hartford, Miguel Colan knew what he wanted the space to become — a casual restaurant serving the foods of his native Peru, including whole marinated chickens slowly spit-roasted to perfection. But there was one big deal breaker — the oven had to be charcoal-fired.

"My goal when I opened this place [was] that I had to do it with charcoal ... the way it's done back home," Colan says.

He got his wish, shipping a charcoal rotisserie from Peru. In May, Colan and his wife, Kate, opened The Rockin Chicken in the city's South End, a 49-seat eatery with a fast-casual atmosphere and a menu of Peruvian specialties.

Colan has lived in the neighborhood since he moved to the United States at age 12, and as a youth, briefly held a job at an Italian pastry shop that formerly occupied the building he now owns. He's a chiropractor now, with a nearby office, but fondly remembers the days when his mother owned a restaurant in Peru. "For many years, it was something I've wanted to have," he says.

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