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Thursdays only, the Roost transitions from day to night

You can’t get the Roost's full breakfast for dinner, but now you can get the restaurant’s signature breakfast-y cocktails, beers, baked treats, coffee drinks and a handful of bar snacks into the evening hours one night a week.

The Roost, the breakfast/lunch spot that opened last summer at 920 Massachusetts St., is now open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. The restaurant stops serving its regular food menu at 3 p.m. (when it normally closes for the day), gets all kinds of laid-back (no lines for tables, no loud crazy bar scene) and starts serving a limited menu with featured drinks and small plates that change from week to week.

Soft pretzels with beer-cheese dip from the Thursday night small plate menu at The Roost, 920 Massachusetts St.

Soft pretzels with beer-cheese dip from the Thursday night small plate menu at The Roost, 920 Massachusetts St. by Sara Shepherd

Tonight’s drinks, for example: The Amore Latte (latte with vanilla-infused vodka, chocolate sauce, strawberry syrup and a heart-shaped shortbread cookie), Boulevard Chocolate Ale, Free State Burroughser Weisse, Boulevard Rye on Rye. And snacks: Meatballs, kale chips, roasted nuts, soft pretzel sticks with beer-cheese dip. The Roost’s usual cocktail concoctions, bloody marys, coffees, juices and sweet treats are always available, too. (Pictured: Today's pretzels with a glass of cucumber-apple-pineapple-kale juice — yours truly was still on the clock.)

Staying open late on Thursdays is a way to participate in a downtown tradition and highlight, in particular, some of the restaurant’s creative adult beverages, co-owner Kenny Pingleton said. “Thursday nights are kind of traditionally a downtown night. It gives us a chance to do our bartender thing.”

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New breakfast restaurant The Roost now open, just in time for sidewalk sale

Barista Chelsea Rae stamps the restaurant's logo on coffee cups behind a plate of giant marshmallows at The Roost, 920 Massachusetts St.

Barista Chelsea Rae stamps the restaurant's logo on coffee cups behind a plate of giant marshmallows at The Roost, 920 Massachusetts St. by Sara Shepherd

Talk about just in the nick of time. The Roost at 920 Massachusetts St. had its final city and fire department inspections Wednesday — sidewalk sale eve — and opened for breakfast this morning, owner Manda Jolly said.

The restaurant is serving until 2 p.m. today and starts regular hours Friday, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week. Today, only the breakfast menu is available, but Jolly said she expects to roll out the lunch menu within days.

The Roost’s artisan cocktail menu got off to a running start. It features five specialty bloody marys and a variety of other libations made with fresh ingredients. “People started ordering off our cocktail menu right after 9 a.m.,” Jolly said. “We were hoping they would.”

The breakfast menu has build-your-own omelets, breakfast “sammys” (sandwiches), “bennys” (eggs benedict) and corned beef hash. The lunch menu features more sammys, salads, soups and mac and cheese four ways — with roasted chicken, pork and beef meatballs, roasted portobello or tomatoes and bacon.

Breakfast menu at The Roost, 920 Massachusetts St.

Breakfast menu at The Roost, 920 Massachusetts St. by Sara Shepherd

Lunch menu at The Roost, 920 Massachusetts St.

Lunch menu at The Roost, 920 Massachusetts St. by Sara Shepherd

A grab-and-go pastry case includes savory hand pies, biscuits, gluten-free cookies and a to-die-for cherry almond coffee cake (sorry, yours truly took the last piece this morning), so there are options for both breakfast and lunch, Jolly said. There’s also fluffy, hulking, palm-size homemade marshmallows, for snacking or to drop in coffee.

The Roost is located in the spot formerly occupied by Milton’s. Jolly, who worked at Milton’s 12 years, co-owns The Roost with her husband, Sean Jolly, and Lawrence resident Kenny Pingleton.

The restaurant is named after Jolly’s family farm in Western Kansas, and she said her mission for The Roost fits with the attitudes about hard work and dedication she learned there. Jolly said she hopes to provide a good, fun work environment for her staff as well as clean, quality food for diners. “It’s definitely food I think everyone can relate to,” Jolly said.

The Roost, 920 Massachusetts St., opened for business the morning of the sidewalk sale.

The Roost, 920 Massachusetts St., opened for business the morning of the sidewalk sale. by Sara Shepherd

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Latest on the Roost: New breakfast restaurant aiming to open in May in former Milton’s location

Photo courtesy of the Roost

Photo courtesy of the Roost by Sara Shepherd

The lead story in today's new Going Out section — Rise and shine: Lunch and dinner spots give breakfast a shot — focused on some of the more unexpected places you can now have a morning meal. While I didn't include it in this article, talking about downtown breakfast spots made me wonder, "What's the latest on the Roost?"

The Roost is the new breakfast and lunch restaurant planning to open in the former Milton's location, 920 Massachusetts St. I checked with the owners this week, who said their current target opening date is May.

They're working on renovations, getting all the proper permits, kicking off a Kickstarter project to raise money for a new hood system and testing and tweaking recipes for the menu. Once they do open, the plan is to serve from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week. When they have a firm opening date, I'm sure they'll share it on their Facebook page, where, in the meantime you can get a glimpse of those aforementioned recipe tests — morning-appropriate cocktails included!

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