Do you remember the old Changing Scene restaurant, the very first ever revolving restaurant in New York State, on top of the First Federal Building? Well, neither do we. For many of us, that was well before our time, at least our adult lifetime. Now the space holds the offices of the special few that work for CloudSmartz, an IT services firm here in our city, and we, the greater public, can consider ourselves lucky enough to see the space if we go during a TedX event or a guided downtown tour. How fair can that be to a new generation of urban enthusiasts!?
Not to worry - the owners of the Strathallan, Dave Christa and Robert Morgan, have recognized the need and call for such a space in our city. The rooftop of the Strathallan is getting a facelift - and with the help of Hanlon Architects - it's promising to bring back that "striking 360-degree view" of our city skyline from days past. Not in any way connected to the old Changing Scene, and this of course is not directly downtown nor will it revolve - but it is slated to be no less spectacular.
Construction is well underway and is expected to be completed for a June 2015 Opening Date.
The previous rooftop space held up to 40 guests, and now, after all the modifications, will accommodate events with over 200 people (with receptions of over 400!). Management tells us that brides and corporate clients are already putting in their dates for their own unique, special events.
We can picture it now, dinner and drinks on the 9th floor over looking the city. The beautiful skyline in every direction - Downtown, East & Park Avenue Neighborhoods, University & NOTA - and get all the action happening in the East End and down Alexander Street.
Hattie's will be the name of the watering hole atop the Strathallan...
...honoring the days of old from the original establishment bearing the same name.
And will there be a fire pit on this rooftop for all to enjoy? The developers have deemed it to be true. And with our "changing scene" of a weather report here in Rochester, heat is always something that is most welcome - pretty much anytime of the year. Stay tuned for more as we'll keep you updated on the progress - or more importantly, on the Opening of this incredible space.
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 her on Twitter.