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New Wing Joint Spices Up Mohegan Lake

Aubrey Hochroth and Sal Barone, owner of Rooster's in Mohegan Lake.
Aubrey Hochroth and Sal Barone, owner of Rooster's in Mohegan Lake. Photo Credit: Sam Barron

MOHEGAN LAKE, N.Y. -- Wing lovers now have a place to call home.

Audrey Hochroth and Sal Barone have opened up Rooster's Wings and Brew at 1 Baker Street in Mohegan Lake. This is third restaurant the duo opened, joining Augie's Prime Cut in Mohegan Lake and Fat Sal's in Buchanan.

"There were no wing places around here," Barone said. "The area needed it. There's no fun little non-corporate commercial type pubs anywhere."

Rooster's, which opened last month, has a small menu, offering up items like wings, burgers and hot dogs. Rooster's offers 30 different wing sauces. Already their food has won high praise from customers.

"A customer told us this was the best burger they've had in 20 years," Hochroth said.

The restaurant also offers a two-for-one happy hour special and has a KISS pinball machine in the corner.

"We keep things super casual," Hochroth said. "You order at the bar, there's no real table service. We're doing a lot of to go orders."

The sodas are served in Rooster's own label and Hochroth said she doesn't think there's a beer they don't have.

"We just want to make sure people have fun here," Hochroth said.

Barone said the secret to a good wing was to make it crispy and flavorful with fresh sauce.

"They need to be cooked to a nice golden brown crisp texture, and then we generously toss in the sauce," Barone said.

Running three restaurants can be a stressful endeavor but Barone and Hochroth said they are up to the task.

"You need to have a good staff and maintain your sense of humor," Hochroth said. "Every detail matters. You have to brand yourself."

Barone and Hochroth said they like the flickin' hot, a mix of pepper and hot sauce and the Hawaiian drumstick. Their buffalo sauce goes from hot to hotter to don't ask. How hot is don't ask?

"Don't ask," Barone said.

For more information on Rooster's, visit or contact 914-743-1797.

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