The Last 2019 Movies With a Downtown View

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The time comes every summer, when we’re facing our last Movies With a Downtown View presented by Buckingham Properties of the year. Join us, this Friday, August 16th in MLK Jr. Memorial Park for this year’s finale - E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial!

Friday, August 16th, E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial

At 7pm, this FREE event kicks off with music, food vendors and FREE raffles from the Washington Square Park Community Association (just look for the tent & table to sign up).

Come hungry and purchase food and drinks from Ludwig’s Center Stage Cafe, Joe Bean Coffee Roasters, and Eat Me Ice Cream! Or bring your own picnic. Don’t forget to bring a blanket or chair and be ready for a fun night in downtown. Buckingham Properties will be with us with free water bottles and some awesome ROC and E.T. pins, so don’t miss their table either.

Check out some photos from last month’s Napoleon Dynamite movie night in Parcel 5 (all photos are from Tomas Flint Photography).

As with all of our events, we will have an ASL Interpreter for all announcements and the movie will be captioned. Street parking is free after 6pm and we’ll have bike racks available. See you Friday!

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Facebook Event Page

Location: 353 Court Street

 

15 Places You Should Be Thinking of for Brunch

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Rochester's brunch game is strong.

There are a lot of the great diners and restaurants for breakfast, like neighbors, Jine's and The Frog Pond, but do you know about these 15 great places? If not, you should be thinking about them for brunch (p.s. we revised our post from 10 to 15, because ROC is so great).


1. Blu Wolf Bistro

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While you may think of stopping here for a burger and drink after work, don't miss out on Blu Wolf's brunch offerings like their Hangover Bowls and Chicken n'Waffles.

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2. Brown Hound Downtown

Brown Hound has been located in the Memorial Art Gallery for a year now. With the bakery and the restaurant you'll find many offerings including lunch, dinner, and brunch on the weekend.

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3. Cure

Cure, located at the Public Market, focuses on seasonal menus from locally sourced products. And in case you didn't know it, Sunday is brunch day. Check it out.

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4. The Frog Pond

Another longtime breakfast staple in the city is The Frog Pond. Open for breakfast and lunch daily, they offer a menu full of omelets, eggs benedict and more.

Find it: Website, Map


5. Glen Edith Coffee

Glen Edith Coffee on Somerton St. off Park Ave. has been serving up waffles, breakfast sandwiches and more since the beginning. Who doesn't love breakfast all day, everyday?

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6. Lento

Lento does not offer brunch every week, so you have to keep your eyes on their social media accounts for upcoming brunch days!

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7. Locals Only

Breakfast, lunch, brunch, dinner, cocktails… Locals Only is more than just a coffee shop. Check out their menu to see what they’re all about.

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8. Marty's on Park

From food truck, to brick and mortor, to brunch! Marty's is a new addition to our list, just launching brunch on February 18th.

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9. McCann's Local Meats

Breakfast sandwiches, pancakes, and so much goodness from one of our favorite local meat establishments. And now, thanks to their new espresso machine, you can get a latte, cappuccino, cortado and more.

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10. Nosh

The newest of all of these restaurants, Nosh, has recently announced on Instagram that brunch is finally here. Need we say more?

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11. The Owl House

The Owl House has great options for not only the meat-eaters, but also vegans, vegetarians and people who are dining gluten free. Enjoy the Chicken N Waffles or even the Tofu N Waffles (and don't miss the brunch cocktails).

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12. Radio Social

With their Middle Eastern cuisine, Radio Social’s brunch runs from 11am-3pm on Sundays. Their menu changes seasonally so follow along on social media or check out their website for the latest menu.

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13. The Revelry

While The Revelry is open Tuesday-Saturday for dinner, they also feature a great Sunday brunch. Check out specialties like The Sangwich or the Short Rib Pastrami Hash.

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14. ROUX

The kitchen at Roux is putting out classic French cuisine and the brunch is top-notch from the Waffle Sammy and Smoked Salmon to the simpler Brûléed Grapefruit.

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15. TRATA

In case you didn't know, not only does TRATA have great lunch and dinner options (plus all the cocktails, beer & wine), but brunch ALL DAY on Sundays.

Find it: Website, Map

This post was originally written January 2017 and was updated on 1/25/19!


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Stefanie is Co-Founder of the Rochesteriat. She is a big fan of all breakfast foods from the sweet to the savory and can't pass up a great brunch. Join the conversation on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

5 Great Places for Slow Coffee in the City

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NOTE: This post was originally written on December 11th, 2015 when Glen Edith was Pour Coffee and Ugly Duck was just a pop-up espresso bar! We've updated the post, pictures and links:


In the age of artisanal beer, craft cocktails, and slow food, Rochester's slow coffee game is on point. Coffee doesn't always have to come from a spout. Sure, when you're on the go and out of time it's convenient, but when you've got time, here are 5 great places in the city for a slow cup of coffee:

1. Fuego Coffee Roasters

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From working with the farmers, to roasting the beans on site, Fuego's passion for great coffee is not hard to miss. Find them downtown in the Washington Square Neighborhood at 1 Woodbury Blvd.

Follow along: website, facebook, twitter, instagram

2. Glen Edith Coffee

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Tucked away, just off Park Ave on Somerton Street as well as on Elton Street, is Glen Edith Coffee. New to craft coffee? Just ask about their different brewing methods and menus option or check out their illustrated menu boards. Besides coffee, you'll find great food, beer and wine too at the Somerton location.

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3. Joe Bean Coffee Roasters

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"At the core of Joe Bean is a diverse group of people—a combination of family and friends. What brought this diverse group together was a rally call to create a coffee-loving city—a call to bring specialty coffee to Rochester" (via Joe Bean website). And they did just that, Joe Bean was the first to bring third wave coffee to Rochester when they opened. Beans are roasted on site and their extensive menu shows their love of coffee, food and supporting local. Find them on University Ave.

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4. Makers Gallery & Studio - 3rd Floor Cafe

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The 3rd Floor Cafe can be found inside Makers Gallery & Studio at 34 Elton Street. Brewing great coffee and curating local art this space will be more than just an art gallery and more than a coffee shop. According to the owners this will be a place for artists to exhibit, collaborate and learn. And of course - drink coffee.

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5. Ugly Duck Coffee

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Ugly Duck was not a traditional coffee shop when it first launched, it was a mobile espresso bar setting up across the city in various locations. Find them now at their permanent home at 89 Charlotte Street.

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BONUS: Meraki Coffee

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Meraki Coffee | Facebook Photo: Lily kweon photography

Meraki Coffee is a pop-up espresso bar that is currently setup in Cheesy Eddie's Bakery, Tuesday's through Saturday's. Keep an eye on their social media accounts for updates and to see where else you can find Meraki.

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Now, go get caffeinated!


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Here's 7 Reasons You'll Want to Rochester Parklet

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Joe Bean Parklet Ok, so maybe Parklet isn't a verb. Well, at least not yet here in Rochester. In fact, many of us don't even know it as a noun, or what the term actually is.

The official definition of Parklets is described above, and the very first Rochester Parklet is currently in the making. Here's 7 reasons YOU'LL want to Rochester Parklet and get in on the fun.

1. It's Unique In Our City

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Stemming from a growing national and international movement to redefine what it means to enjoy the urban space, parklets have been adopted and spearheaded in great cities like San Francisco (credited with the very first, example above), Minneapolis, and Vancouver, BC - amongst many others. A Kickstarter for the very first one to be built in our city recently launched on October 12th, 2015.

The prototype will be located at 1344 University Avenue right in front of Joe Bean Coffee Roasters, hence the name Joe Bean Parklet. In what is now a defunct fire lane of asphalt, parked cars, and mostly empty sidewalk space - "will be transformed into public green space that will foster built in seating and bicycle parking through a project rooted in accessibility, sustainability, innovation and superior design." 

2. It's Outdoorsy - and adds Safety

Yes, to many of us urbanites we're not used to seeing much greenery throughout our days. Parklet projects like this one will serve to add a touch of greenery to our everyday lives, especially if your everyday routine includes a cup of java at Joe Bean.

And you know how the saying goes - "...you have to put more people on the streets to make them safer in the city..." - well, literally, these parklets will put more eyes and ears out onto the streets.

3. It's all about the Collaboration

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The very definition of Parklets reveals they are community ventures, projects that bring together people, businesses, and local municipalities to create a better living environment for the public.

This first Parklet prototype is a team-effort by Kathy Turiano (Joe Bean Coffee Roasters), Seth Eshelman (Staach), and Benjamin Woelk (Slow Road Consulting).

4. It's Pretty and All-Inclusive

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Yup, taking spaces that are dull and boring to pretty and practical. Oh, and don't forget useable and open to the public - they're mini-public parks!

5. It's Cheap

We know better that nothing is ever cheap if it's done right. And the design team led by Staach Founder Seth Eshelman is no slouch. Take a look how good Fiorella's looks with his design input. So let me re-state this - it's cheap for you and me to get involved. If you look at the Kickstarter program that recently launched this week, you can get involved for just five dollars - YES, $5! As always, the more you donate to the Kickstarter fund, the more your rewards package will entail.

6. It's Fun

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Yes, you'll have a blast watching this all come together, and it's for your own good to utilize the public space. The Public Parklet t-shirts on the model above are available starting with the $25 contribution level.

Speaking of fun, check out the Reward package the Food Truckie. $500 can get you inside, up close and personal to all of the action. From taking a drive in the Le Petite Poutine Food Truck to the VIP Party in the Parklet, to seeing the filming of history, this will certainly be an extra-special day for you and a partner.

7. It's History

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And speaking of history, this is really history in the making. The very first prototype (assuming successful completion, of course) is set to mark the beginning of a city-wide initiative, led by the city itself, to establish more parklet projects all across the city. The city believes that these parklets should be built to "reflect the diversity and creativity of the people and organizations who have designed it and the project will be fabricated through a public planning process."

Can you think of an area where you live, work, or play/shop/eat that could benefit from something like this? Get involved now to see how it all plays out, and you'll be an expert by the time the city-wide initiative goes LIVE.

More Information Kickstarter Website

Kickstarter Video https://vimeo.com/142093680 Credit: Alex Freeman

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