Will ex-311 be Ground-ed?
It looks like the rumors may be true.
Since 331 Bar and Grill closed its doors in March, there has been buzz about Ground Round rolling back into Rochester into that space.
"Ground Round is Coming Soon."
While that sounds pretty definite, I'll check this out today.
If true, this is the latest plot development in the story of the Rochester's airport restaurant.
When it closed three months ago, it was owned by two brothers from Chicago, Tom and Jimmy Karabatsos
The Karabatsos duo originally bought the main restaurant at the start of 2009 from local developer Andy Chafoulias.
The restaurant was originally launched as The Hangar by a group of local developers led by Chafoulias in 2002. He later sold it in 2006.
The Hangar did not make it under the new ownership. Chafoulias bought it back in early 2008 and relaunched it as 331.
Chafoulias developed most of the businesses surrounding the airport, including the Rochester International Event Center and the 72-room hotel now under the AmericInn brand.
When I talked to him in March after the 331 closure, he wouldn't say yes or no to the idea of taking the controls of the restaurant for a third time. However, he was seriously considering the possibility.