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June 08, 2012

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.

06082012groundround:331This morning I spotted the Snappy Sign's clown standing in front of the 331 Bar and Grill at 7386 Airport View Drive S.W. with this message:

"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.


That was great place when it was at crossroads, i would think with a sign up it would be true.

Will have the same problem as previous tenants....nobody wants to drive out that far for dinner.

I think it's GREAT news for people on the south side of town, the housing development near the airport, Stewartville, High Forest, Racine, and Hayfield residents. So it's not true that "nobody" wants to drive out that far for dinner; WE don't want to drive all the way up into Rochester for dinner, so we're GLAD to have it on this end of town. A lot of us people south of Rochester used to go to the Hangar/331 because it was closer and more convenient for us. I'm sad to see it go but glad to have something to replace it.

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