It’s going to be a busy summer on the Rochester scene, with new venues and changes in the works.
To help you stay up to date, we’ll keep adding to this summer guide through August and possibly September.
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— Tracy Schuhmacher, food and beverage journalist
New Restaurants in the Rochester Area
Here’s the latest on new restaurants and other places to eat and drink in the Rochester area:
Salty Bread Pizza Coffee opened at 4615 Culver Road in Irondequoit, across from Seabreeze Amusement Park. Its best seller is savory French bread pizza, served on savory bread from Amazing Grains Bread Co.. It also serves paninis, soups, salads and a variety of desserts (cronuts, cookies, croissants and whoopie pies ). Read all about it.
The stone pub opened at 3115 East Henrietta Road in Henrietta, in a building that has had many lives since its construction in the late 1800s. It was more recently known as Jeffrey’s Bar. The Stone family, its new owners, retained Jeffrey’s nine-person team and kept the menu, which includes chicken wings, sandwiches, burgers, plates, a fish fry and a steak special on Tuesdays. evening. Here’s more.
Crisp Rochester opened at the corner of South Clinton Avenue and Meigs Street in the South Wedge. He brings a Texas influence to his dishes, with a menu that includes Chicken & Churros, a play on chicken and waffles; a Dallas Elote Cup, inspired by Mexican street corn; and pickled jalapeño cheese. It now has outdoor seating. Here are the details.
What you need to know about Rochester’s food scene
Old Pueblo Grill expanded its space the Quartier des Arts, and is about to fully reopen at the end of June. And work has resumed on a new location in the HighPoint development near Highway 96 in Victor, Ontario County. Read more.
The Rochester cocktail revival, an annual week-long celebration of craft cocktails, will return for its ninth annual June 6-12. After distilled releases in 2020 and 2021, this year’s festival features a full lineup of more than 60 events in downtown Rochester. Here are a few events that caught our attention.
MO Pasta, TacoDero, The alley grill and Dope Munchie Crew are four new businesses that were started by chefs when restaurants shut down in 2020. Thanks to their efforts, Rochester has new options for homemade pasta, birria tacos, creative sushi and big chewy cookies. Read all about them.
Genesee published its Kolsch Tropical Pineapple, a heavenly derivative of its famous summer beer, the Ruby Red Kolsch. This is just one of many local beers perfect for summer. Mike Murphy has a preview.
Delicacies moved from Coville Street to 415 Commerce Drive in Victor Crossing, near where Route 96 intersects with Route 490 in Victor. It’s a full service bakery with a little patio to sit, eat and enjoy the warmer weather. Get the details.
Mama J’s Southern Lemon Pound Cakes is a new company based on a single product: a lemon pound cake taught to Brittany Jones by her grandmother. And boy is he any good. Continue reading.