We must sound like a broken record at this point....there is so much happening all over the City! From popular neighborhoods like the South Wedge and NOTA, to bringing back life in the Midtown core, and even hidden gems in the Washington Square Park Neighborhood - these are the Best Recent Openings, Re-Openings, & Coming Soon's that you need to be aware of.
A renewed, updated look inside 2 Vine has given this (almost) 2-decades old city favorite a new look and a fresh feel that will appeal to both new and seasoned customers alike.
The new decor is light, airy, spacious - the new menu contains some of the faves that long-time customers love, combined with affordable selections like pizza that will appeal to a new generation of 2 Vine'ers (check out the dinner menu). Also see the great write-up by Rochester-A-List, and even enjoy the beautiful outdoor patio in all of its summer glory that is tucked nicely away from the hustle and bustle that surrounds Harts Local Grocers, the work being done on the Inner-Loop, and The Little Theatre crowd.
To say that the area around the East End is undergoing a major transformation, and smart business owners like Jerry Serafine (2 Vine) are well ahead of the curve of the new wave coming soon, is a bit of a understatement. Another one of these smart business-types is Agathi Georgiou of Agathi & Co., and her newest venture above Hart's Local Grocers - The Arbor Loft.
The Arbor Loft is incredible event space in downtown that could hold up to 300 people (seated) for things like weddings, receptions, corporate functions, and various other functions. This space is for the urbanist looking for a different type of venue other than the cookie-cutter hotel or convention center-style ballroom - this space is fresh and modern paired with a hint of vintage, including bright and naturally sunlit areas that allow visitors to enjoy downtown's beauty through the windows instead of hiding it.
We're gonna say these guys and gals of Fuego Coffee are pioneers - for not only their relentless work to make a great cup of coffee, but also for being one of the first retailers to move back to the Midtown section.
Smart, considering that Parcel 5 is one of the hottest trending topics of discussion right now between residents, developers, and city officials alike, and also because the area has shown incredible potential of activity ever since Trombone Shortly came and rocked the city during the Jazz Festival. There could be a handsome payoff coming soon.
Niraj Lama and his wife Mary Boland - they're our beloved Tea Masters of Happy Earth Tea here in Rochester, pouring out wisdom with every cup of Darjeeling leafs and some of the world's other finest teas.
Moving from the beloved Hungerford Building, the South Wedge (at 650 South Ave) will provide a bigger space for their operations, and give them the inspiration to lift their creativity to the next level and to keep "brewing happiness one cup at a time." We cannot wait until they open!
The Hub by Archimage
The Hub by Archimage is the brainchild of Kira Kim-Fredell, daughter of the owners of Archimage on Monroe Avenue, a neighborhood favorite store right across the street (think Dogtown and Han Noodle). Kira and The Hub's focus will be on soft furnishings for the home and garden, and she wants to continue her family's 3+ decade tradition of providing the Rochester market with unique and ethical merchandise people feel good about buying.
Instead of heading to Walmart or Target to buy that mass-produced item that millions of people will have in their home, stop at The Hub first to see if there's something more unique and creative for that special someone or for yourself. Many of the offereings are sourced from local artists in and around Rochester.
Congratulations to The Mad Hatter, a full service restaurant and bakery (breakfast and lunch only), that moved its operations from Webster to the Park Avenue area near Parkleigh just in time for the Park Ave fest.
This business offers 30+ loose leaf organic teas, a variety of pastries including gluten free and vegan options, and the ability to host 60 guests for private parties and functions. Want to try something really unique? Then try the Mad Hatter High Tea that starts every Monday thru Saturday at 3:30pm. For this British high tea experience, beautiful linens adorn the tables, fresh scones are provided upon arrival, and there is a bottomless pot of tea, coffee, hot chocolate, lemonade, or iced tea with your package. This is by reservation only.
We are the City of Coffee, aren't we? Or is it beer? Maybe film....oh wait, that's been out for a while. Well, whatever we are, we can say we're well hydrated. Taking advantage of this here in Rochester, Meraki has opened up from founders Ryan and Holli Baker, two baristas who met, married, and honed their craft at Glen Edith (formerly known as Pour Coffee).
Currently the Meraki brand is mainly a 3'x4' mobile coffee unit made from wood taken from Ryan's grandparents old barn. This pop-up business model is similar to what Ugly Duck did prior to selecting their permanent locale, and the Baker's hope to "pop-up" all around the city of Rochester in order to get to the areas that don't necessarily have specialty coffees just yet. Be on the lookout at Cheesy Eddie's this coming Saturday, 7/31/16: it so happens to be National Cheesecake Day, Meraki will be set up outside, and there is a FREE slice of cheesecake for anyone who comes by. Not a bad combination to give a try.
So why does 2 Vine and other neighborhood classics continually have to upgrade their services? Because places like Nosh are opening up and competition here in Rochester has become fierce.
Nosh is in NOTA in a former factory space renovated by Dutton Properties. The space is modern, new, and exciting for the growing neighborhood that NOTA has become. This will be a welcome addition to the many other projects (residential units included!) that Dutton Properties has going in the area, and it provides a constant-use anchor for the once-empty old factory taking up much of the block.
Washington Square Park
Remember the old Sully's Bar and Grill? That's now opening up soon as Side Bar. A venture by two good friends, Brandon and Will, they are bringing new life to a section of the city that has been quiet for a few years as all the changes have been taking place.
This section is right down near the inner-loop overpass, close the Susan B. - Freddie D. Bridge - in a tucked away corner of downtown that gives you access to many things like the South Wedge, Geva Theatre, the Blue Cross Arena, and the Central Library. The next time you come to the Washington Square Park Neighborhood you'll hopefully have more options available to you for that bite before the show, or drinks afterwards.
Sinful Sweets is just as it sounds - bad and good all at the same time. All based on the 7 deadly sins, the shop makes cupcakes and cakes that are uniquely inspired from our natural human tendencies towards indulgence.
Sinful Sweets resides in the first house at the corner of Park and Alexander, and unlike most restaurants, bakeries, and eateries, they provide the visual cues online with their signature flavors to get you into the store. Start your sinning today!
A long time dream in the making for local entrepreneur, Amey Nolan, this coffee shop will be opening up in Village Gate shortly. Dark Horse closed its doors in April of this year, and Soul Coffee & Jazz has stepped in to take its place with the idea to offer two of Rochester's favorites together: coffee and jazz.
Amey's Go-Fund me page can be found here as she is looking for help in building her dream in our city.
Three Heads Brewery
Ready for another brewery? We bet you are, you can NEVER have too many of these! Well, Three Heads is open and killin' it in the booming NOTA. Whatcha waitin' for - go try it and enjoy the outdoor patio area while the weather is beautiful.
Ugly Duck Coffee
Having started like Meraki is doing, Ugly Duck Coffee used the pop-up business plan to gain a following and culture that proved to be very popular in the city. Building upon this pop-up success, Rory and his wife opened up their first location in the East End, behind Hart's Local Grocers, next to the work-in-progress Inner-Loop East Project.
While sometimes in the mist (pun-intended) of the dirt clouds from all the work currently, Rory and Co. have made sure they're in prime location for when all is said and done....and success is right around the corner.
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