Restaurants Near Me in the Rochester NY Area: Food and Drink Guide


Pandemic or no pandemic, Rochester’s food and drink scene is changing at a rapid pace. Here is a compilation of the latest news.

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— Tracy Schuhmacher, food and beverage journalist

New Rochester Area Restaurants, Food Companies

Cookies & Cream cupcakes on display at the new Hollycake House Vegan Cafe and Bakery in East Rochester on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.

• AT hollycake house, a new bakery and cafe in East Rochester, the windows are filled with cupcakes stacked with frosting. Croissants and danishes seem flaky and buttery. There are scones drizzled with frosting, lemon meringue pies, and even so-called slutty brownies. And everything is vegan. Read all about it.

• Riki’s Family Restaurant, 25 N. Main St. in Fairport, temporarily closed in March 2020 – but never scheduled to be closed for 20 months. The Demkos family took the opportunity to modernize the restaurant, and construction took longer than expected. Finally, it reopened.

• Substring fire station submarines shop has opened its first store in the Rochester area of ​​Brighton. At 2830 West Henrietta Road, just north of the Brighton-Henrietta border, it opened on a site that previously occupied a Tim Hortons store. Here are the details.

• Peach Blossom Traditional Mexican Food, a new restaurant at 9 East Main Street in downtown Rochester, serves up authentic fare right down to homemade tortillas. It’s hard to find, though, because its sign is for the former occupant of the space, a Puerto Rican restaurant. Been there twice and if I was still working downtown I would be a regular. Here are the details.

• If you were a fan of the breakfast sandwiches at the Scott’s II stand at the Rochester Public Market, I have great news for you. Cédric Scott, 39, opened Scott’s Scottsville Hots at 3892 Scottsville Road in Scottsville. The breakfast sandwiches are the same, down to the Martusciello roll. And the menu includes everything you would expect from a restaurant with “Hots” in the name. Read all about it.

More news from Rochester’s food and beverage scene

A Seat at the Table Volume 2 will be available from November 27.

• Looking for a gift for a foodie? Two popular content creators have collaborated on a second cookbook that features recipes from chefs in the Rochester area and bartenders. Here are the details.

• Do you have out-of-town visitors? Home for the holidays? If you are looking for new or new places to discover while visiting family and friends, Marcia Greenwood organized seven options.

• Nerdvanaa Frisco, Texas-based restaurant and bar where customers play video and analog games while they dine and drink announced plans on social media to open a location — its second — in 2022 at the center -City of Rochester. Here are the details.

• Rochester was named second best city for donut lovers by The website looked at data from the country’s 150 most populous cities. I offered my own reasonsand also found a cool collaboration around beer.

• It was not unusual to hear stories of people driving two or three hours down the seemingly endless aisles of imports and domestics to Beers of the world. Anthony Angotti, its founder and Italian immigrant, died recently at the age of 81. Will Cleveland wrote about his life and business.

• Matt James is now the master brewer at Genny, responsible for overseeing all brewing operations at the state’s oldest brewery – still one of the 10 largest in the country. He started working at the brewery as a summer job. Will Cleveland wrote a fascinating story about his career.

• Legendary winemaker Paul Hobbs bought land for a winery in the Finger Lakes in 2013. It took the winery, now called Hillick & Hobbs, eight years to release its first wine – and became Hobbs’ most expensive project to date. Here is the story.

• Genesee Brewery hopes its seasonal offering will enjoy the same success as its popular Ruby Red Kolsch. Genesee launched the Cran Orange Kellerbier, an unfiltered blond beer with 4.5% alcohol. Here are the details, including Will Cleveland’s taste test.

• Restaurant Revitalization Fund provided $28.6 billion in grants — not loans — to food and beverage companies to help offset losses in 2020. The Small Business Administration, which disbursed the loans, released a base beneficiary data online. Because we believe it’s important for citizens to know how the government spends money, we’ve simplified the data for easier navigation. Want to know if your favorite restaurant received money? Search for NYC Restaurant Revitalization Fund recipients here.

Tracy Schuhmacher is a food and beverage journalist and storytelling coach for the USA Today Network’s Storytellers Project. Email her at [email protected] Follow her on Twitter or Instagram as @RahChaChow.

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