When Aaron DeBlieck took over the space that used to house his father-in-law's bar and grill, Ellison's, he wanted to keep the feeling of a friendly, neighborhood bar — nothing too fancy. DeBlieck and his partner, Ben Kulikowski, opened Tryon City Tavern (2300 East Main Street) the first week in August.
It almost reads like a recipe. Combine 10 Rochester breweries, various hops, yeast, and some collaboration.
When Joe Frocchi and Eric Aubriot set out to open their new restaurant, The Vesper (1 Capron Street), they wanted to find a way to create elevated food, but still keep it fun. Aubriot, a James Beard Rising Star Award nominee, moved to Rochester after running his own restaurant, also named Aubriot, in Chicago.
Mark Teng's Rochester empire continues to expand with the opening of Plum House Café (274 North Goodman Street) in Village Gate. Teng already owns the original Plum House on Monroe Avenue, plus Furoshiki on Park Avenue, Plum House Express in Eastview Mall, and Revolution Karaoke on Jefferson Road.
A bubble of activity surrounds Calvin Eaton, and pearls of sweat circle his face during a sultry summer afternoon. Inside 540WMain, a community center in Rochester's Susan B. Anthony Neighborhood, Eaton is helping facilitate the work of three artists and two teenage interns.
Mad Hatter Restaurant and Bakery, formerly known as Mad Hatter Tea Room and Café, has moved from its Webster location to the former French Quarter Café space at 176 South Goodman Street. The name and location are just a few of the changes that owner Kristina Dinino-Jeffords has made.
Linda Seng believes in fate. A week after her beloved grandfather passed away, he came to her in a dream and gave her some numbers.