What’s New in 2016 – Part 2



The Original Mac & Cheez, 77 East Main St., Webster

The Original Mac & Cheez truck now has a permanent place to park when it’s not traveling to events in the city during the warmer months.  A brick and mortar location opened in late December in Webster, where you can enjoy this truly “original” macaroni and cheese which is delicious and authentic.  Chef David Piergiacomi (shown above) is from Italy and he uses ingredients ingredients either purchased locally or imported from Italy.  Read our best dish feature about this must try specialty dish.



Public Parklet, University Ave, Rochester

After meeting initial approval from the city and surpassing it’s first fundraising goal through a Kickstarter campaign, organizers Joe Bean Coffee, modern furniture collective Staach, consulting group Slow Road, and The City of Rochester, are bringing the first parklet to the area on University Ave in the city.  Utilizing a 95 foot long stretch of an unused fire lane, the space will be transformed into a sustainable, accessible area featuring built-in seating, bike parking, and greenery.  Popular in San Francisco, where 57 have been built since 2010, it is hoped that this will be the first of many parklets in Rochester.  Construction is expected to start in the spring.


brass bar and lounge

Brass Bar and Lounge, 363 East Ave, Rochester

Another new spot has joined the popular East Ave./Alexander night time hotspot area.  Brass Bar and Lounge has opened in the old Monty’s Crown location.  A 1920’s prohibition era happy hour with whiskey, scotch and craft beer blends into a livelier atmosphere late night with brass music and entertainment.  Bottle service is also offered. Open Wed.-Sat. nights.


Starry Nites Cafe, Central Library of Rochester, 115 South Ave., Rochester

If you are a fan of Starry Nites Cafe on University Ave., you’ll be happy to hear they have opened a second location at the Central Library downtown.  Open on weekdays 7am-6pm and Saturday 10am-4pm, the cafe will offer Rochester themed coffee, tea and hot chocolate in addition to an assortment of sandwiches, soups, salads and wraps.   It’s a good time of year to enjoy a good book!


There are more businesses to love in 2016.  Read What’s New in 2016 Pt. 1




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