New owners @ 331 - Chicago-style pizza?
While neither the menu nor the name are changing under the new owners of Rochester’s 331 Bar and Grill, expect one difference.
A Chicago accent.
Two brothers — Tom and Jimmy Karabatsos — moved from Chicago to Rochester to take control of the eatery at 7386 Airport View Drive S.W. on Jan. 1.
The duo, each with more than 30 years experience in the food industry, bought 331 from developer Andy Chafoulias after hearing about it through a mutual friend.
“Rochester is the perfect small big city,” says Tom Karabatsos. “We are strong believers in supporting community.”
While the brothers intend to leave the menu unchanged at first, future additions might bring some of the Windy City to Rochester.
“We’d like to bring Chicago-style pizza and hot dogs to 331,” he said.
This is the second time Chafoulias has sold the restaurant.
Chafoulias first started the restaurant under the name of The Hangar, then he sold it in 2006. He bought it back in February last year and relaunched it as 331.