What goes around, becomes Ground Round
For much of the summer, construction has been under way to turn the former 331 Bar and Grill/ Hangar into a Ground Round. That's at 7386 Airport View Drive S.W. by the Rochester International Airport.
"It is going to look totally different inside and outside from what it was before," says Joe Powers, one of the quartet of local owners. "It is going to be absolutely spectacular."
Powers is launching the new restaurant with Andy Chafoulias, Todd Klees and Jason Windsor. Windsor will be the owner/manager running things.
While there is no specific date yet, they hope work will wrap up in time to open the doors during the first week of October. Most of the team of 70 to 80 employees have been hired, though the store will still accept applications.
Why launch a new restaurant in a location some would say is too far from the heart of the city?
"People don't realize that there is an amazing amount of households that are out here," says Powers. "There is plenty of market out here."
And there is the expected synergy between the Ground Round with Powers' nearby Rochester International Events Center and Chafoulias' AmericInn hotel.
"It will be a heck of a combination," he says.
There was a Ground Round in front of the Crossroads Shopping Center in south Rochester for many years, but it closed about a decade ago.
While this new updated version of the family dining restaurant will have a similar atmosphere and menu, diners should not expect an exact recreation of the Ground Round from the 1980s and 1990s.
The well-known practice of eating peanuts and throwing the shells on the floor is gone. The chain discontinued that in 2004, but every table does get a fresh bowl of popcorn.