Kahler Inn & Suites is ready to freshen up downtown Rochester this weekend.
Freshëns, a national fast casual restaurant chain, is ready to open its doors in the hotel complex on the corner of Third Avenue and First Street Northwest.
While the official grand opening and ribbon cutting is slated for Wednesday, Dick Sursely says he expects to launch with a "soft opening" before that, possibly as soon as Saturday.
The Atlanta, Ga.-based company's menu features an array of “better for you” healthy options like rice bowls, smoothies, flatbread salads, crêpes and Freshëns' signature frozen yogurt.
The eatery has seating for 16 inside and more outside. However, Sursely expects the bulk of their business to be "take-and-go" customers during the downtown lunch rush.
This first Freshëns has 14 employees on staff. The Kahler Hospitality Group has a second downtown location already cooking in the subway of the Marriott subway. Construction is underway in the subway space last occupied by Cinta Molloy's Crate.
"They expect to have that one ready to open in a couple of months, possibly in August or July," said Sursely.
He said the plan is to hire about the same size team to run that one as the Kahler Suites' Freshëns. Sursely anticipates having about 30 employees, once both locations are up and running.
The Kahler Hospitality Group also is working on the first Dunkin' Donuts seen in Minnesota for many years. The prodigal Dunkin is being built out by Rochester's Schoeppner construction along First Avenue in the Kahler Hotel complex. Kahler officials have said they expect to open the new doughnut shop this summer.
Unconfirmed bakery buzz about plans for a second Rochester Dunkin Donuts is rolling around, rumored to be outside of downtown, possibly in southeast Rochester.