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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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Sidewalk sale rejects: The good, the bad, the inexplicable

Instead of the usual "It's the sidewalk sale, it's hot, it's crowded and people got up early" story, the paper decided to actually get out and shop this year. A handful of staffers got $20 on the house to spend in a designated category, tweeting and blogging along the way. Not my worst assignment ever!

I did my due diligence in the home decor category (and scored a couple cool things — check them out on our live blog, the 1 p.m. entry). But, let’s be honest, it is impossible to not be distracted by all the other random items out there. I'm sharing a few.

Things I wanted to buy but didn’t:

Dr. Scholl’s wooden-heel sandals, $4.95 outside the antique mall (too small)

Dr. Scholl’s wooden-heel sandals, $4.95 outside the antique mall (too small) by Sara Shepherd

Ted Baker rose print shorts, $99, Spectators (probably a good deal, but still too much for me)

Ted Baker rose print shorts, $99, Spectators (probably a good deal, but still too much for me) by Sara Shepherd

Things I didn’t buy, and didn’t want to:

Hamburger zipper pouch, $4.95, Urban

Hamburger zipper pouch, $4.95, Urban by Sara Shepherd

Banana T-shirt, $5, Acme

Banana T-shirt, $5, Acme by Sara Shepherd

Kimono, $10, Blackbird Trading Post

Kimono, $10, Blackbird Trading Post by Sara Shepherd

Buzz haircut, $5, Larry’s Barbershop

Buzz haircut, $5, Larry’s Barbershop by Sara Shepherd

Aqua bustier with front-zipper and cutout sides, Kieu’s

Aqua bustier with front-zipper and cutout sides, Kieu’s by Sara Shepherd

T-shirt, $2, Social Service League tent

T-shirt, $2, Social Service League tent by Sara Shepherd

Things I bought but don’t really know why:

1970s owl necklace, $5, antique mall

1970s owl necklace, $5, antique mall by Sara Shepherd

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