Marty’s Meats, the popular food truck that provides hand crafted and thoughtful cuisine to the neighborhoods of Rochester, now has a store front on Park Ave. in addition to their mobile kitchen. Marty’s serves food for the meat lover who appreciates the wholesomeness of fresh, local ingredients sourced from the local farming community. Every sandwich is crafted with mouth watering flavors, from the rolls made in partnership with the Village Bakery, down to the freshly made pickles and chips.
The Edge of the Wedge development project in the South Wedge is under way. Bringing the area 30 apartment units which retain the style of the building’s original wood beams, there will also be McCann’s Local Meats, specializing in locally-raised meat products, and a cafe opening in June.
The first floor of The Edge of the Wedge is home to the new Cub Room. It opened with a splash this May receiving rave reviews from guests. The Cub Room is named for the VIP room of the famed Stork Club in New York City, where owners Greg and Jodi Johnson spent over two decades in the restaurant business. With an eclectic menu and variety of drink options, and retaining the look and feel of the buildings history with a stylish update.
The Strathallan Hotel’s new rooftop bar and restaurant are now open. Hattie’s Restaurant, named for the original popular rooftop bar of the ’80’s and ’90’s, is on the 9th floor of this Rochester landmark hotel and is surrounded by windows on all sides with gorgeous views of the surrounding city. Sunset on Strath Series, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 6-8pm through August, is a summer series of live music, with hand-crafted cocktails and light fare. Click here for more information and music schedule.
Dining styles and expectations are changing and 2Vine is changing with them. Always ahead of the food culture curve, 2Vine has recognized that the days of the three course meal are a thing of the past. Today’s dining experience is about sampling a variety of dishes and flavors, maximizing the experience without maximizing the portions. The new menu at Restaurant 2Vine, with its expanded selection of small plates, does not disappoint. Restaurant 2Vine has always been one of Rochester’s most exciting dining experiences. With this new menu of dishes created by Chef Dmitriy Ruzhanskiy, they have surpassed even themselves. A seasoned and highly skilled chef, Ruzhanskiy worked in New York City for more than 10 years before moving to Rochester. His training under Chef Tom Colicchio, and his time spent working in the kitchen of Colicchio’s Craft Restaurant, are apparent in the style, diversity and joyous flavors of 2Vine’s new menu.
The Culver Rd. Armory is welcoming yet another high end business- West Elm set to open its doors in July. They’ll be joining other premier retail and dining establishments in the Armory such as The Village Bakery, Trata, Fleet Feet, Arhaus, Alex and Ani, and Benrus. West Elm offers upscale contemporary furniture designs and other housewares. Emphasizing community and social consciousness in its retail approach, the store also sells handcrafted local products that promote sustainability and plans to host events featuring local artists.
College Town keeps growing! Grappa Italian Nouveau in the DelMonte Hilton Garden Inn Rochester is set to open in late June, adding their modern take on Italian cuisine along with an extensive and fun cocktail list to this new go to destination. You’ll have trouble deciding wether to try the Spicy Meatball Pizza or Smoked Mozzarella Ravioli or Pork Osso Buco, so plan on going back for more! Check out their lunch and dinner menus and you will see what we mean.
Rochester will soon have a Costco. The wholesale retailer is scheduled to open June 5th. The new store is part of the 45-acre “CityGate” project at the corner of East Henrietta Road and Westfall Road in Rochester. You’ve probably heard from out of town friends and relatives about cosco’s great prices on a wide range of quality brand-name merchandise and grocery items. Members can save on a variety of services, including travel and car buying. Costco joins CityGate, which will include apartments, a bank, a hotel and additional retail outlets.
You may have noticed “The Big Fill” in progress. Soon, the Rochester Inner Loop will be a design flaw of the past. The project to fill the old highway and develop the area as a revitalized residential housing and commercial district is planned to be completed late next year. Late this summer, the removal of the East Avenue bridge will begin, taking 30-60 days to complete. After this short traffic inconvenience is past, we will be that much closer to a major step in the development of a vital city.