Another spin on Orbs

Another spin on Orbs

When we first took a look at Orbs Restaurant & Bar (758 South Avenue) back in 2014, the menu was heavy on the meatballs and not much else. A lot can happen in three years.

Smugtown wants you to consider the mushroom

The world of mushrooms is vast and diverse, yet it remains relatively unknown to many American consumers, says Olga Tzogas, founder of Smugtown Mushrooms. Tzogas says that most people are familiar with just a few types available in the produce aisle, such as white button, cremini, and portobella.

Are you there, College Town?

Last week, I decided to make a rare healthy decision for myself and head to Saha Med Grill in College Town for one of its bangin' Greek salads. I paid the $1.50 to park on Mt. Hope Avenue, only to find a sign indicating that Saha's College Town location was closed (the University Avenue business is still open, though).

Passions for coffee and beer collide at Fifth Frame

In bowling, the fifth frame is commonly referred to as the beer frame; whoever has the lowest score buys the next round. When Jon Mervine, Wade Reed, and Jarred Foster were looking for a name for a new venture combining their passions for coffee and beer, the name Fifth Frame Brewing Co. seemed like a perfect fit.

With international readership, Chickpea keeps a full plate

As one of just two people behind Chickpea Magazine, Cara Livermore always has a full plate. The Rochester-based vegan quarterly publication — which Livermore runs with her partner, Bob Lawton, who handles sales and shipping — is a collection of recipes, stories, and articles from people around the world.

A long time coming, Bitter Honey opens on Railroad Street

Zack Mikida's enthusiasm is contagious. On the day we sat down to talk, everyone who walked into Bitter Honey (127 Railroad Street), Mikida's new venture with SCN Hospitality (The Revelry, Branca), whether it was an employee or a customer, was greeted with a high five or a hug.

Upcoming kitchen incubator The Commissary to give food businesses a leg up

In the lobby of the Metropolitan, formerly known as Chase Tower, the buzz of power tools echoes off the high ceiling as hard-hatted construction workers intermingle with downtown nine-to-fivers coming and going from the new arched glass entrance on South Clinton Avenue. One of the most recognizable landmarks in the Rochester skyline, the Metropolitan is undergoing a substantial makeover, and more changes are coming.

The Spirit Room revels in Rochester lore

Rochester has an intriguing spooky side. You've probably heard the stories about the Lady in White, the haunted stacks of the Rundel Memorial Library, or the Fox Sisters.

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