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August 09, 2012

Rooster's Barn & Grill to start crowing soon

The sun must be rising in the Med City, because it is almost time for Rooster's to start crowing from its new perch in northwest Rochester.

Work on Rooster's Barn & Grill is rolling along toward the owners' goal of opening at the end of this month.

"We're chomping at the bit to get this open," says co-owner Ross Manahan. "We're trying to give that building the personality that it has never really had. We're giving it a very down home feel. It's going to have a lot of warmth."

08082012roostersbarnandgrillManahan, who also owns Top Shots! in downtown Rochester, is opening the country-style bar and restaurant with Krisse Zabel and Mike Brakke. Rooster's is being created at 2280 Superior Drive N.W., which last housed Bob's Smoke Stack Ribs.

The plan, according to Manahan, is to have a place where people can go for an early-morning breakfast or for lunch and then come back later for a full bar experience to have a drink and play pool or darts.

They say that translates to the six Bs: breakfast, burgers, broasted chicken, billiards, bulls-eyes and a bar.

That means the doors will open at 6 a.m. and they'll stay open until bar closing time. The kitchen will serve food until 10 p.m.

"I think the breakfast is going to be a lot of fun. Everybody is really excited about the breakfast," he says.

Once the remodel is done, Rooster's should seat about 125 people or so. Look for a crew of 25 to 30 employees to staff it.

Much of the kitchen staff has already been hired. Manahan says they are creating a "simple, but fun menu."

To complement Top Shots' popularity with local pool leagues, Rooster's will have six tables for teams as well as casual players to use.

Before all of that can happen, the construction team needs to finish building out Manahan's vision.

The building was constructed in 2006 and first used as Leo's Pizza Palace and then later as Catch-22 Bar & Grill before Bob's moved in. During all of those transitions, there haven't been a lot of changes to the basic feel of the building.

When it is done, Rooster's will definitely have its own look and atmosphere, according to the owners.

"When people first come in here, I want them to say, 'They really put some effort into this,'" says Manahan. "If we can do that, I'll be happy."


I wish them nothing but the best of luck and look forward to trying them out!

The building is only six years old and Rooster's will already be the 4th tenant. Is the location not-so-good or what? Four tenants in less than six years seems a bit high.

With the 19th street expansion and the upcoming Costco development, this area will get a lot more traffic. Even Westfire was very successful in their early years until they ran into troubles with their Latin Nights and the crime that ensued.

How much marketing did any of those places do to the surrounding businesses? Mr. Pizza and Green Mill and Subway are usually busy at the right times.

All of those businesses each had their own unique challenges in addition to any handicap of its location might have added.I think it is fair to say that the impact of the location will be very different this time around as that area goes through a major change.

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