Food/Beverage

Katherine Mott, a well-known Rochester restaurateur owning establishments such as Monroe’s and the Wintergarden, faces accusations of orchestrating a $18.9 million check-kiting scheme. It’s alleged that since February 2024, Mott engaged in fraudulent financial activities by “kiting” checks between multiple accounts at First Star Bank and other institutions to falsely inflate the balances. The lawsuit […]

A new Aldi supermarket is set to open this summer on East Ridge Road in Irondequoit, expanding the no-frills grocery chain’s presence in the area. The store, currently under construction, will be located on a previously vacant 3-acre site that once housed Irondequoit Dodge. This development follows an application by Marathon Engineering for site-plan, subdivision, […]

AltBar, a popular nonalcoholic pop-up bar founded by Meg and Bob Hartman in late 2021, is set to establish a permanent location in Rochester at 1947 E. Main St. in North Winton Village. Targeting a summer opening, the Hartmans aim to address the growing demand for nonalcoholic social spaces, reflecting a broader trend among younger […]

A popular coffee shop in Rochester, N.Y., Spot Coffee, was temporarily shut down last week due to health violations. A New York State inspection report highlighted 14 violations at the establishment, including one critical issue. The violations encompassed the presence of insects and rodents, the discovery of spoiled and unapproved foods, and inadequacies in kitchen […]

The Downtown Canandaigua Fire & Ice Festival, now in its eighth year, is set to bring a blend of warmth and chill to New York with a weekend full of activities slated for February 17 and 18. Recognized by Forbes.com as a must-visit winter event, the festival offers an array of attractions that cater to […]

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — The Rochester Fringe Festival has set this year’s date for September 10 to 21. Alongside this announcement, the submission period for venue shows has been outlined, starting on February 13 and concluding on March 21. Artists, acts, and producers eager to propose their productions for the festival may submit applications here. […]

The dates are set for the Rochester Lilac Festival which will to take place on May 10th-19th and is expected to bring back over 500,000 visitors to see the lilacs and take part in the annual traditions of the festival. The festival organizers announced the following key dates and events for this year’s festival: May […]

BrightFarms has issued a recall of their spinach and salad kits due to possible contamination with listeria monocytogenes. This action was taken following a positive test for listeria in a routine sample by Element Farms, their supplier. The products in question have been distributed across seven states: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, […]

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December 22, 2023

Chipotle lovers, it’s time to celebrate! Chipotle has opened its first location in Brighton today. The restaurant is located at 2735 Monroe Avenue, featuring a “Chipotlane”drive-thru pickup lane. Source: 13 Wham

A recently proposed bill in Albany aims to mandate that all food service spots at New York State Thruway rest stops remain operational every day of the week. This proposal directly clashes with Chick-fil-A’s practice of closing on Sundays. Currently, there are seven Chick-fil-A outlets along the New York State Thruway, with plans for the […]


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