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October 03, 2012

New south Roch bar wants to be talk of the town

A new bar on the way for south Rochester hopes to be the talk of the town.

Following the Rochester City Council giving his liquor license a thumbs up Monday, Gary Wondrow is now starting to work out the details of his new project, the Chatterbox bar at 2650 S. Broadway in the former Quizno's site.

While many aspects of the new bar are still being talked through, there is one core concept that Wondrow plans to build Chatterbox around.

04quiznos"Often when you go out to a bar, the music and everything is so loud that you can't hear to talk to person next to you," he says. "I want to have a comfortable place where a couple or some friends can go out for a drink and be able to have a quiet conversation, relax and unwind."

However, the Chatterbox won't be a library. It will sport TVs to show the big games, so fans can cheer their teams on.

"Mostly, I just want it to be a low-key place that people can go and enjoy themselves," he says.

If things go as expected, Chatterbox could open in the 1,600-square-foot spot by early December.

Why chose to open a night spot in a strip mall by Kohl's and Walmart?

"It has real good exposure to highway. You can't miss the place," Wondrow says. "There just isn't anything like this in that area now. I hope to draw from the nice neighborhood across the road."

While the Chatterbox won't have its own kitchen, it will have some food options. The plan is to offer a selection of appetizers and dishes from the nearby New China restaurant.

Mike Haley of Braasch Commercial Real Estate handled the deal.


Bummer - when I saw Chatterbox I thought it was a third location of the Chatterbox Pub up in Mpls/St Paul. We could use their model of a pub/bar/restaurant:

@Birdie - Agreed!
Why must EVERY bar in Rochester have TVs to show the "big games???" We need something different.

Speaking of Rochester bars... what in the world is going on with Kathy's Pub? I see a sign on the front that says Hollywood Bar!

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