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February 09, 2012

New eatery on menu for Roch. skyway

Here's a little more about the deli that is in the works for the DoubleTree Hotel skyway:

The DoubleTree Hotel on South Broadway is cooking up plans for a new deli to be called The Urban Stack at its skyway entrance next to the Blu H2O Salon & Spa.

"Basically, it's an another amenity for the lunch and the business skyway traffic, and it's another amenity for our guests," says Michael Smith, the hotel's general manager. "I think it will be a really nice touch."

He anticipates that it could open as early as April, depending on the construction and permitting process.

While the DoubleTree's chefs are still crafting the sandwich, soup and salad menu, Smiths expects prices will be competitive with downtown's lunch options.
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To make room for the new deli, the DoubleTree's Starbucks coffee shop will lose its living room-styled seating area near the DoubleTree's entrance. A slimmer Starbucks's will continue to perk along beside The Urban Stack.

The Rochester City Council OK'd a deal this week to allow the hotel's deli to reach into the skyway with a lunch counter and seating for about 12 along the passageway's north wall.

Starbucks already has tables in the skyway.

The Urban Stack will be the latest in a series of bars and restaurants in that area. When the hotel was still under the Radisson brand, a restaurant called McCormick’s had a dining area where the salon now stands and a bar in the Starbucks spot.

When McCormick's closed in in 2005 it was replaced by the neon and chrome of the Metro Bar and Grill. Starbucks soon started brewing in the former bar space. Metro closed in 2009 and it was soon replaced by BluH2O.


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