School may be out, but College Town is alive and well. Brand new store fronts are being built out and filled with new - and there's even more happening on the lawn. Each Wednesday through August 26th a new band is taking the stage from noon to 2pm to entertain the lunch crowds. Friday evenings through August 28th you'll find concerts as well. And oh yes, we can't forget Saturday night's FREE Movies under the Stars, now through August 29th. In fact, there's so much happening, the CT developers have aptly named the main street over there "Celebration Drive".
And don't think for a moment that any of this is just for the students and faculty of the University of Rochester - College Town exists to seamlessly fuse the private institution of university with the greater public.
One thing that goes great with concerts and movies? Food of course! And you certainly don't have to worry about bringing food with you when you head to College Town, there are numerous options.
Picnic Constantino's Style
Mere steps away from the lawn in College Town you have one of Rochester's newest grocery stores, Constantino's. It has everything you need to make a great picnic including the good snack staples of chips, pretzels, and Oreos, to prepared foods, baked goods and plenty of drink options. Apparently our photographer was distracted by the fresh baked donuts at the bakery...
...but remember, there's always the healthy options, too, in the fresh produce section.
A Healthy Treat
Looking for something really healthy while you relax during your stay? Check out Breathe's juice bar full of tasty treats including this favorite of ours, peanut butter chocolate goodness (officially named "protein punch").
While you're there, sample some of the Breathe's cold pressed juices, you may be surprised at how good they are. Don't overlook the salads, house-made granola, or house-made baked goods either!
Get Happy at Grappa
Grappa is CT's newest opening - and one of its most exciting. Located inside the Hilton Garden Inn, the restaurant serves a modern twist of the traditional cuisine called Italian Nouveau and offers a more upscale casual feel for those interested in getting away from the crowds on the picnic blankets. Start here before your concert with Happy Hour happening every day 4-6pm and features 2 for 1 drink specials -
- or unwind after your shopping or entertainment experience in the outdoor lounge area that features colorful modern seating, as well as two fire pits to stay warm by.
Many More Choices!
Looking for something on the lighter side or a quick bite? Don't forget that there are tons of other food establishments in and around College Town including the Corner Bakery Cafe...
...Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches, Moe's Southwest Grill, The Beer Market, Saxby's Coffee, Insomnia Cookies, and much, much more! There is absolutely no reason why you should ever go hungry over there at College Town.
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Stefanie is co-Founder and Editor of the Rochesteriat. She loves taking pictures, drinking vanilla lattes, and living downtown with her husband, Jason. Find her with a camera & phone in hand, taking photos for @theRochesteriat on Instagram. Follow along on Twitter.