Although they've been open since the Jazz Fest, the official Grand Opening for Nagle's Observance is set for this weekend (August 5th), right in time to take a break from the crowds at the Park Ave Fest.
You may or may not have heard of Nagle's Observance quite yet, but we're pretty sure you know exactly where they are located. Think Center City, Parcel 5...in the shadows of the former Midtown Plaza...adjacent to Tower280...across the street from the Sibley Building...ok, ok, shares the same space as Fuego Coffee Roasters...there you go, we knew we'd get you there at some point.
And just like Eric and Ralph's understated confidence and knowledge in multiple businesses, positivity and passion for our City, and their down-to-earth personalities - they're establishing a neighborhood bar in downtown for everyone. It's being described as a hybrid culture between Good Luck and Lux: crafty, high-quality, and unassuming.
So who are these guys, what is Nagle's Observance, and what can you expect upon entering the establishment? Here's 9 Things You'll Want to Know About Nagle's Observance.
1. The Name
Eric says that the name was "...insisted upon by Ralph who has taken the lead on much of the direction...our name will tell a story of taking risks to extend and bring others into our family and into the community. Observance was intended to add both interest and to embrace our role of being a beacon at the corner of the development."
2. Come & Meet Eric
Eric purchased the Euclid Street building in 2010 and you may remember it as the old Decibel nightclub which he operated until 2013. He and his wife, Alycia, have known each other since attending high school together at Churchville Chili. They are just finishing building their home together and have three beautiful daughters: Ava (3), Lexi (2), and Riley - born just a few weeks ago.
3. Come & Meet Ralph
Ralph Vincent DiTucci is the Program Director for Nagle's Observance. He grew up in Rochester, lived in Los Angeles for the past 16 years, and worked for the acclaimed 213 Hospitality Group where he honed his skills in the food and beverage industry.
Among many other things up his sleeves (none pictured), Ralph also currently serves as Executive Director of SCN Hospitality here in Rochester (think The Revelry, Branca, and Bitter Honey), he's developing a cocktail bitters tasting room and bar supplies retail shop called Bar Mecca on East Main Street near Charlotte Square, and he provides profitability and culture consulting for a number of other projects around town. Ralph and his wife are currently Corn Hill Neighborhood residents.
4. Even the ice is Premium, yes the ICE!
Speaking of Ralph, another one of his businesses is Cristallino Premium Ice. In the back of Bar Mecca will be Ralph's ice production facility. This isn't just any normal beverage ice, this is high quality, crystal clear, large cube cocktail ice. And it takes longer to melt, there for it keeps your drink cold longer without watering it down too drastically.
5. The Decor
More than just a bar owner, Eric Nagle also established a furniture design company and a construction firm, called Standard Concrete Co. and Kreixer Construction. His very first work in concrete design can be seen at the bar in Nagle's Observance, with more works displayed in Fuego. He says he has learned immensely from this first job and now they've developed the business into a completely different model involving steel and concrete furniture. Looks incredible to us!
Simple, a touch of the country, and clean. Even the small elephant set among the liquor bottles has a story. Ralph's family has always had an elephant in each of their bars and the tradition continues with this symbol of hospitality.
6. The Door Will Be Open Between Fuego and the Observance
If you've been to Fuego and peeked around the corner or had to walk through the space to use the restroom - you've passed through Nagle's Observance. These two establishments have such a great friendship and partnership that their doors are always open (during Fuego's open hours). It's even encouraged to travel between the two.
7. Quality, Classic, and Simple
All drinks feature quality ingredients from knowledgeable bartenders who love their craft.
8. Be on the Lookout for...
Nagle's Observance is already working out more ways to not only be a welcoming, hospitable, neighborhood bar for our city, but also a place for cocktail education. If you've ever walked into a new place with a bunch of friends and wanted to try a few different things without ordering full drinks, this is for you. Nagle's is working on a cocktail platter of sorts - Omakase style service - that can be ordered among friends to enjoy multiple cocktails for a fixed price. If you're new to craft cocktails and aren't sure what you'll like, this is the perfect way to learn and have some fun with a friend or two. Check out this video of Ralph's explanation on what this is below.
9. Snow Cones?!
All good things must come to an end, and if you happen to still be at Nagle's for last call, you may be lucky enough to treated with a Snow Cone. What better way to end the night than that? But don't worry, it's not really the end, Nagle's is actually open 365 days a year so you can come back anytime.