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April 09, 2009

Meaty details on Newt's Express

For many people a good (or even great) hamburger is all they need for a memorable lunch.


Now the makers of popular Rochester burgers plan on offering a new side dish that they think will bring in even more downtown lunch customers - speed.

The food and drink specialists behind Newt’s Bar, City Café300 First, Redwood Room, Culinary Market and other Rochester hot spots are cooking up a quick lunch offering – Newt’s Express - in the skyway between the US Bank building and University Square shopping center.

In 2007, the upstairs bar on First Avenue re-launched serving lunch after a several year hiatus. And the burgers like the Juicy Lucy attracted people to Newt’s Bar above the City Café on First Avenue.

“People come in all the time and say, ‘Gosh, I’d love to come here more, but I don’t have that long of a lunch break,” says Denise Villeneuve of Newt’s and the other Creative Cuisine eateries.

So to serve that crowd, Newt’s Express will open in mid-May in 1,400-square-feet of the former Oddfellows building’s second floor that now opens into the skyway for easy access by Mayo Clinic workers and other downtown Rochesterites. 

“We will be cooking the same award-winning half-pound burgers just like we do at Newt’a,” she says, “We’ll just be offering a little scaled down menu.”

Expect a large seating area, counter service, a fireplace and big windows looking out on downtown.

Villeneuve expects addition staff will be hired for the Express location and they will be mixed with current Creative Cuisine employees.



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