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March 05, 2012

Rochester's latest eatery closing is...?

Here's the scoop.

032708threethirtyone331jkThe 331 Bar and Grill at 7386 Airport View Drive S.W. in Rochester closed its doors last night and did not re-open today.

The owners Tom and Jimmy Karabatsos told staff last night that they unfortunately needed to close.

They bought the restaurant from developer Andy Chafoulias in 2009.

Chafoulias first started the restaurant under the name of The Hangar, then he sold it in 2006. He bought it back in 2008 and relaunched it as 331.

So will Andy step back in take another swing at running bar and grill in the Rochester Airport Business Park that he created?

I chatted with him this afternoon and asked that very question.

Stay tuned.



Too bad they closed. The food was always good. Being out where they are was the downfall. We went there last week for the first time in about 6 months. Nice guys as well.

It is sad because they used to be good, and I hate to see a home grown business fail. But honestly, the food and service has been on the decline for a few months now - and you just can't stay in business like that. My family and I were there last week and we all agreed there are just too many better options out there to get us to come back. I wish the owners and staff luck though as they try to figure out what to do now.

Sad to lose a bar/grill on the south side…Hopefully it will reopen soon under new ownership.

I never ate there.


I forgot they were there. Again Rochester area businesses fail to stay in my mind all the time. They think because they are open, we will come. I hadn't heard anything about them for a long time. Food was okay last time I was there, don't have a recent experience to talk about.

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