Something fishy in downtown Rochester
Something smells fishy. Literally.
I was sniffing around this week when I noticed some work crews in the former Red Lobster space at Second Street Southwest and Broadway in downtown Rochester.
I started wondering if my (admittedly very large) nose had caught the scent of a potential story.
That street level space in the Rosa Parks Pavilion has been empty since Red Lobster scuttled out of downtown and moved into a newly revamped shell by the Apache Mall last year.
Red Lobster leased the spot from Mayo Clinic, which owns the complex. That lease ran out in March, so the property is now back under the control of Mayo Clinic.
Does that mean another restaurant could be cooking? Or could some Mayo Clinic execs be getting new offices?
The answer was in an unusually informative city building permit. It said that carpet, paneling, ceiling tiles and the Red Lobster bar are all being removed.
"Just removing items for clean-up to get rid of fish odor," the permit says. "Future tenant not defined at this time."
Housing a seafood restaurant for 25 years seems to have added a certain "air" to the spot.
Oh well, I guess I'll just have to keep on fishing.