It seems the Village Gate, a favorite stop for many in Rochester who love to experience the artistry, unique space and shops, and various delicious food choices, is undergoing a renaissance. With new buildings going up, changes and moves in restaurants and other exciting new projects in the area, The Neighborhood of the Arts has become an anchor for fun times in Rochester. Here’s what’s new in Village Gate.
The Gate House Restaurant in the Village Gate, is moving into the space that was occupied by the recently closed Espada Brazilian Steak. Due to the Gate House’s popularity, the move to a larger space is good news for customers. Good news for Gate House fans, the move will address any long wait times and lines you might have experienced on your way to enjoying this popular spot. Another popular Village Gate business, The Rochester Brainery is also planning a move into a larger space at 176 Anderson Avenue. Still part of the overall Village Gate complex, the move will allow them to continue to offer the diverse and exciting classes on the arts and more. The Plum House Cafe is scheduled to open in mid-May in the Village Gate in the former site of Dark Horse Coffee. This new restaurant from the same owner of the Plum House on Monroe Ave will offer bubble tea, ramen noodles and other Asian dishes, but not sushi so it won’t compete with California Rollin’.
The Brown Hound Downtown’s full service restaurant is now open at the MAG. It joins the Brown Hound Bakery that opened several months earlier. If you’ve ever been to the Brown Hound Bistro in Naples, you know what a popular restaurant it was due to the consistent delicious food, casual friendly atmosphere, and professional service. The Naples location is currently closed but we were told will re-open in the future. The menu at the Brown Hound Downtown is constantly evolving and changing. Weekly menus include locally sourced ingredients for the week. A nice touch. And Brown Hound is currently putting in a new bar to be stocked with locally distilled spirits. The hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday through Friday; and for brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The bakery is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.
With all the new and exciting happenings in the East End area, one the area’s popular restaurants has some exciting news. Restaurant 2Vine is cooking up a new look. 2Vine has been a popular eatery for almost 2 decades. Currently closed for renovations, they will reopen May 20th to greet customers with new floors, new bar, new lighting and new artwork, offering a more approachable, European feel and menu. 2Vine classics will remain on the menu, with additions of new items with the same dedication to sustainable, fresh ingredients. We’re looking forward to re-opening day! A-List along with some local food bloggers will be co-hosting a menu preview relaunch event. Be some of the first to see the renovation, experience the dishes on the all new 2Vine Bistrotoria menu with an exclusive tasting tour of French and Italian cuisine with new chef Pawl Kane and owner Jerry Serafine.
The Factory? What’s that you ask? The entire Neighborhood of the Arts (NOTA) is in the midst of exciting changes, transforming from its’ industrial roots to a vibrant area with housing, art, culture, food and drink. The above rendering of the Factory, a new business center, restaurant, NOSH (opening in June) and loft apartment development on Russell Street is already well underway, joins Upper Crust Cakery and Glen Edith Coffee, Emerson & Oliver, Studio 34, Makers Gallery, Nova Fitness, Gallery Salon, several other businesses, and the soon-to-be open Three Heads Brewery on the neighboring streets. Look for a post from the A-List soon on all the new things happening at NOTA- From the inner loop project, through the East End to the Neighborhood of the arts, this section of Rochester has so much going on it’s hard to keep up!
For more of what’s new in food and drink this spring, click here to read Part 1