Restaurants that closed in Rochester NY in the summer of 2022
Here are nine restaurants and food businesses that have closed in the Rochester area in the past few months. Some were long-established establishments, while others had a much shorter lifespan.
The frog pond
The frog pond at 652 Park Ave. closed on September 2, but there is still hope that the restaurant will somehow continue. Kevin Crego, a restaurant owner since 2010, said he was negotiating with potential buyers and hopes a deal will be signed soon.
“They would buy the name, the rights, the revenue, everything,” he said. “I’m excited to see what’s going to happen.”
Charlie Carrado opened the restaurant as Charlie’s Frog Pond in 1975. He was best known for his breakfast dishes like sautéed banana pancakes with homemade caramel sauce.
The Beautiful Mangia
The Beautiful Mangia, a take-out restaurant at Packett’s Landing in Fairport, has closed, owner Michelle Liberti announced on social media. The restaurant was temporarily closed for several months earlier in 2022 so that Liberti could undergo brain surgery and recover. She reopened in April but announced in late August that she had to close the store permanently, citing several reasons including rising cost of supplies, labor shortages, being closed for more than three months and problems. persistent medical.
Sticky soul and barbecue closed at 625 Culver Road. It was a “kissing cousin” to Sticky Lips, which Howard Nielsen owned from 2004 to 2018. His partners at Sticky Soul were originally Thomas Fulton and Trish Gallagher.
It opened in February 2020 and the restaurants closed three weeks later. Fulton left the business after a few months, Nielsen said, and Gallagher took over the restaurant in October. “Unfortunately it just didn’t work out for them,” he said.
Nielsen owns the building consisting of 14 commercial spaces. It is home to Roar, Photo City Music Hall, Better Together Dog Park, Green Zebra catering, Heroes Brewing Company and others. He anticipates that he will likely divide the 5,000 square foot Sticky Soul into two spaces. Nielsen continues to own and operate Sticky Lips BBQ Juke Joint on Jefferson Road in Henrietta.
Yianni Restaurant, 120 Pixley Road in Gates, closed August 26. The Bakolas family ran the restaurant for 34 years. They persevered after the death of family patriarch and restaurant namesake Yianni Bakolas in 2010, as well as a fire that shuttered the restaurant for months.
Thai Mii Up
Thai Mii Up, a Thai and Laotian restaurant at 1780 East Ridge Road (in a former Pizza Hut), closed in July. Linda Phiethep ran the restaurant with a team of family members – brothers, parents, aunts, uncles and in-laws. A sign in the window indicates that he is planning a new location in the future.
Soft Mist, which used liquid nitrogen to make custom blended ice cream, closed in May. Aman Singh was co-owner of the Henrietta business with his brother Ajay. They continue to operate Naan-Tastic, which serves fast, casual Indian fare; Rebel Pi, a pizzeria with an international flair; and Thali of India, a restaurant and buffet.
The landing bar and the grid
The landing bar and the grid closed at the end of June in the Fairport Village Landing. Cluck if you buckwhich served fried chicken in the restaurant, moved to its own location at 10 Lift Bridge Lane West on August 12. A new restaurant is planned for the space.
Queen J’s, a 1,500 square foot family restaurant located at 155-163 State Street, closed after five months in business. Owner Mary Hallford said a major construction project outside her gates was making business impossible.
Napa Wood Fired Pizza
Napa Wood-fired pizza and bistro closed at 573 S. Clinton Ave. in the South Wedge. The casual restaurant once had three locations; the others were at Perinton Hills Shopping Center in Perinton and BayTowne Plaza in Penfield.
This story includes reporting from Marcia Greenwood, Amorette Miller and Alan Morrell.