In a male-dominated industry, Latisa “Lisa” Roosevelt is illustrating the great potential women possess.
“Women are strong and we are very independent and I don’t think we get the credit that’s due” said Roosevelt when asked about being the owner of Buffalo’s newest restaurant.
Lisa is the sole owner of The Rose Bar and Grille, located at 199 Scott Street; a new establishment which has taken the restaurant industry by storm.
As Buffalo native and registered nurse at a NYS facility, Lisa saw herself giving more in the form of ‘customer service’.
“I am very friendly –my husband and I are both very friendly people.
We can walk into a restaurant or public place and start a conversation with someone and you would think we knew them for like 20 years!”
Knowing all blessings flow from God, Lisa had an epiphany of owning a place where people of all backgrounds could enjoy great food, a warm atmosphere and hear some of Buffalo’s finest local artists. Her previous experience of operating a local tavern is what inspired her to seek an elegant venue that would cater to all of WNY. Once she stepped into the venue inside the Fairmont Creamery [formerly The Mahony], she was overwhelmed. Although it was everything she prayed for, she was skeptical because of its large size.
“When I walked into it, it was just what I was looking for, but as I walked further I was like, this is too big! I wanted something elegant yet comfortable, you know, where you have a warm feeling when you walk in.”
Never backing down from a challenge, and always believing God answers prayer, Lisa knew this venue was the right place for her and her vision.
“…This [The Rose] worked out because everyone who comes in here says they feel comfortable … like they’re at home.”
Choosing the name for her new place was easy. The Rose is a classy abbreviated version of her last name, Roosevelt. While Lisa is the sole-owner of The Rose, she credits her husband, Chris, with his continuous love and support. Chris, a former liquor salesman, can be seen daily at The Rose, helping behind the bar, greeting customers, and assisting staff. Lisa feels his support, along with her dedicated staff, is what makes The Rose the inviting, warm and elegant restaurant she prayed and worked so hard for.
“He is here every single day and he is working hard at helping me make this restaurant business thrive and I don’t take that for granted,” she continued.
Lisa also credits other family members who work tirelessly to ensure her vision is seen and felt. They include her nephew, Aaron Staples, who serves as Manager; her sister, Tameka Milline and her son, Mario, who both work behind the scenes. Lisa’s Mom, Gladys Diji, can also be found at The Rose, on any given day, assisting staff and greeting patrons. Lisa knows where all of her help comes from, and for that she is truly grateful.
“I tell people all the time, it’s a new business and I plan to make this longevity.”
Lisa first opened the doors of The Rose on February 20, 2019, and celebrated a Grand Opening on May 2nd that featured delicious food, cocktails, two DJ’s and special guest saxophonist, Will Holton. It definitely was a ‘Who’s-Who’ type of celebration! Mayor Byron Brown deemed May 2, 2019 as The Rose Day!
With a full capacity of 293, The Rose hosts a wide-variety of private parties and events. When Buffalo native, Venzella Joy (Beyoncé’s drummer), was in town, she hosted a viewing party at The Rose for the debut of her documentary, Homecoming. Needless to say, it was a packed house. Ms. Venzella enjoyed The Rose so much that on two of her recent visits home she made a point to stop through! But she’s not the only famous face that experienced The Rose and its delicious food and warm atmosphere. Buffalo’s own, Stevie J, from Atlanta’s Love & Hip Hop stopped by with a few of his friends. So you never know who you’ll run into at The Rose.
“Our commitment is making sure our customers leave here knowing they had a great experience so they will tell others and they continue to come back.”
The Rose will continue to offer various events, such as monthly guest appearances from local artists, and an upcoming special ‘All White Party.’ It will feature two DJ’s, live entertainment, delicious hors d’oeuvres and more. Be sure to check out their website and Facebook page for the All White Party date and other upcoming special events.
Lisa’s humbling spirit is of someone who doesn’t seek to be the best or greatest restaurant business for applause and accolades, but a loving and warm spirit who seeks to bless a community, through her business, in which God and the community has blessed her.
“I just want Buffalo to know that we’re here,” she concluded, “a Black-Woman-owned restaurant, with a very supportive husband. This really is a place that has great food, great drinks, great atmosphere, and awesome customers.”
For hours of operation, please visit www.therose-buffalo.com or call 716-424-2007. Lisa sincerely thanks her customers for their support, and TJC PR Consultants (Tracy Jordan-Cardwell) for her instrumental behind-the-scenes assistance. See you at The Rose!