There must have been many who closed the door quietly without fanfare.
Bay & Goodman Pizza, North Winton Village
Originally opened as Bay & Goodman Pizza on Bay and Goodman Streets in 1955, the original Bay & Goodman Pizza at 690 N. Winton Road closed in April. Bay & Goodman and Pizza have been synonymous for generations of Rochesterans with Rochester-style pizza: neither too thin nor too thick.
Bayside Pub, Webster
The Bayside Pub, a popular summer destination on the north shore of Irondequoit Bay in Webster, closed in January and has since been demolished. He was the victim of an $11.1 million town-led project to mitigate flooding and renovate Sandbar Park. Owners Robert Buono and Tom Bunn initially expressed interest in reopening the tavern in a planned town-owned building. They then stopped talking because they were unable to come to an agreement with the town officials.
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Boomtown Cafe, Brighton
Boomtown Café, a traditional deli-focused shoppes in Lac De Ville at 1900 S. Clinton Ave. in Brighton, has closed. It opened in the summer of 2020, at the height of the pandemic.
Boxcar Donuts, Public Market District
Boxcar Donuts closed in March at 127 Railroad St. near the Rochester Public Market. John Ebel, who owned the store with Mark LeBeau and Michael Beinetti, said the Railroad Street lease had ended and the partners would announce a new location. Casual bar Ziggy’s opens in that space.
Caribbean Heritage Restaurant, Plymouth Avenue
Caribbean Heritage Restaurants closed its restaurant at 719 S. Plymouth Avenue on April 30. Lorna Underwood opened his restaurant in 2019.
Crave 360, Gates
Crave 360 has closed at 250 Pixley Road in Gates. Gail and Jerry Garlipau opened his BLU Bar & Grill in the space in 2012. In 2016, it changed its name to 585 Rockin’ Burger Bar to avoid confusion with similarly named local restaurants. That year, the restaurant went viral in a garbage bowl. This is a plate that is shaped into a ball, breaded and fried. During the pandemic, Gallipeaus rebranded the business to his Crave 360. That last day was December 23rd for him.
Dama’s Cocina, 19th Ward
Dama’s Cocina opened in February at the former Unkl Moe location, 493 West Ave., and closed in October due to rent increases. It was especially known for its Puerto Rican cuisine and seafood prepared by the energetic Demaris Willis. Owners Otis and her girlfriend Demaris Willis continue to provide catering and are looking for a new kitchen with a view to starting her food stand or food her truck.
Don Pedro, East End
The upscale Mexican restaurant Don Pedro, which opened on East Avenue and Alexander Street in early March, has closed after a few months of operation. Owner Mauricio Hernandez opened a new version of Don Pedro His Cantina in Baytown Plaza on 1900 Empire His Blvd. at Penfield. The new facility is more like a sports bar and family friendly.
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Farmer’s Brewery, Victor
FarmHouse Brewery closed on November 12th in the High Point development in Victor, County Ontario. It also closed its business location in Owego, Tioga County. Farmhouse Brewery started his malting business in 2013 and a year later he became one of New York State’s first licensed farm breweries. It opened in Victor in 2019.
Frog Pond, Park Avenue
Frog Pond, best known for its breakfast menu of sautéed banana pancakes with homemade caramel sauce, closed on September 2nd. It was 652 Park Avenue. In 1975 Charlie Callard opened the restaurant as Charlie’s Frog Pond. He, who owns two of his locations in Pane Vino, has acquired this space and their restaurant efforts should be back in the spring.
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La Bella Mangia, Fairport
Indulgent lasagna will be missed when La Bella Mangia, a takeaway restaurant in Packet’s Landing in Fairport, closes. The restaurant closed earlier in the year as owner Michel Liberti recovered from surgery. Although she reopened in her April, she announced in late August that she would be closing the store permanently.
The Landing Bar and Grill, Fairport
The Landing Bar and Grill at Fairport Village Landing closed in late June. Cluck if You Buck, which served a fried chicken-based menu in-house, has moved to his 10 Lift Bridge Lane West in Fairport.
Lucca Kitchen and Cocktails, North Winton Village, Lucca Wood Fire Bistro, Victor
It’s been a busy year for Matthew Gervasi and Jenny Gervasi. On June 19, he closed Lucca Kitchen & Cocktails at 425 Merchants Road in North Winton Village. Less than a month later, Rukka’s His North Side Kitchen opened at his 311 N. Washington Street in East His Rochester, the former home of his Inn.
In December, the Lucca Wood Fire Bistro at 90 West Main Street in Victor closed after 11 years of operation. In a recent post on Instagram, Victor’s popular wood-fired pizza is making its way to Rochester.
Marty’s Meets, Park Avenue
Marty’s Meats, one of Rochester’s first food trucks, has closed its 703 Park Avenue restaurant. However, barbecue-focused food trucks continue to do well and can be booked for festivals, events and parties. Instead of a restaurant, the Swann family will soon open Leonore’s, an Asian street that focuses on his food and fine cocktails.
McCann’s Local Meets, South Wedge
McCann’s Local Meats, which focused on sourcing meat from local farms, has closed at 739 S. Clinton Ave. in South Wedge, Rochester. Kevin and Yonmo McCann opened their butcher shop and restaurant on June 1, 2015. Meat vending machines added and made national news during the pandemic. Thick, fluffy pancakes, sloppy jaws, and Korean takeaways are not to be missed.
Morgan’s Cereal Bar, East End
Morgan’s Cereal Bar, known for its Shrimp and Grits and Banana Pudding, serving cereals and cereals, closed on October 30 at 320 East Avenue. Opened in 2019. Available for events and catering.
Napa’s Wood-Fired Pizza and Bistro, South Wedge
Napa Wood Fired Pizza & Bistro has closed at 573 S. Clinton Ave. on South Wedge. The casual restaurant once had three locations. Other stores were in Pellington’s Pellington Hills Shopping Center and Penfield’s Baytown Plaza.
Ninjagut, a fast-casual restaurant serving gluten-free and lactose-free food and many vegan options, has closed at Henrietta Plaza at 2973 West Henrietta Road.It will open in 2021.
The Northside Inn, in East Rochester
The Northside Inn, a venerable restaurant at 311 North Washington Street in East Rochester, served its last meal on June 26th. Brothers Don and Dennis Verni sold the restaurant and property to Matthew and Jenny Garvasi. The couple continues her legacy that dates back more than 100 years with the new Lucca North Side Kitchen.
Knox Cocktail Lounge, Village Gate
The Nox Cocktail Lounge, known by some as ‘Geek Bar’, closed at Village Gate at the end of October after nearly eight years in business. It was known for its casual, eclectic atmosphere and creative craft cocktails. Owners Aaron and Kelly Metras said they decided to close down to focus on one more restaurant, Salena’s Mexican Restaurant, at Village Gate. They recently opened a takeout-focused Sarena’s Taqueria at 745 Maiden Lane, Greece.
Queen Jay’s, Downtown
Queen J’s, a 1,500-square-foot homestyle restaurant at 155-163 State Street, has closed after five months in business. Owner Mary Hallford said a major construction project outside her door made business impossible.
Sol Burrito, Monroe Village
Sol Burrito, a counter-service Mexican restaurant at 521 Monroe Avenue, closed on December 9. Mike Bremmer opened his restaurant in 2007.
Sticky Soul and BBQ, Culver University East
Sticky Soul and Barbecue has closed at 625 Culver Road. Howard Nielsen, owner of the still-operating Sticky Lips BBQ Juke Joint in Henrietta, opened the restaurant in February 2020 with business partners Thomas Fulton and Trish Gallagher.
Somerville Grill, Iron Decoit
Summerville Grill is now closed at 5370 St. Paul Blvd. At Irondequoit after 21 years in business. Owner Dan Gladen, who ran the restaurant while working a full-time job, retired. Graden owns his early 1900s building. it is for sale.
Thai Me Up, Iron Decoit
Thai Mii Up, a Thai and Laotian restaurant at 1780 East Ridge Road (formerly Pizza Hut), closed in July. Linda Phiethep ran the restaurant with her brother, her parents, aunts, uncles, and her in-laws’ staff. A sign in her window said she was planning a new location in the future. Fingers still crossed.
Unkl Moe’s BBQ and Catering, District 19
Unkl Moe’s BBQ and Catering will have its final day of business on West Avenue before dawn in 2022, celebrating nearly 20 years of delicious home-style barbecue and soul food served by Moses “Unkl Moe” and Bernice Smith. and is included here. The couple had been trying to sell the business for years. At some point, they began to transition to potential buyers, but ultimately the deal fell through.
They were known for comfort foods such as fried chicken, steamed pork chops, collard greens seasoned with smoked turkey, lima beans and fried okra. Homemade sweet potato pies and pound his cakes were served daily, on Fridays he was served Aunt Jerri’s Banana His Pudding, and on Saturdays he was served Peach His Cobbler. The couple are now retired and Moses Smith is battling health issues.
WhichCraft Brews in Penfield
WhichCraft Brews in Penfield’s Baytown Plaza announced on January 2 that it would be temporarily closed due to the rising COVID. Apparently it never restarted. The brewery opened in his 2017 with 55 draft beer options, including five house brews, and its own indoor food his truck. Don Pedro Cantina, a Mexican restaurant and sports bar, opened in that space. Owner Mauricio Hernandez plans to brew beer there using equipment installed for WhichCraft.
This includes reports by Marcia Greenwood and Victoria Freile.
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