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Lilac Festival returns with a retro, weekends-only feel (access required)


The Lilac Festival is going retro, reverting to the format of yesteryear as it kicks off Rochester’s festival season and a return to near-normalcy. Instead of operating for 10 consecutive days, the 2021 Lilac Fest will welcome visitors to Highland ...

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Grow-NY accepting applications for 2021 contest (access required)


Applications are now being accepted for the third annual Grow-NY Competition, where innovative food and agriculture startups can win up to $1 million. Grow-NY is open to startups around the globe that offer potential for growth in Upstate New York. ...

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Christopher’s Restaurant still very much a part of downtown (access required)

Dominique Scaccia and her father, Paul Christopher, are happy with their new downtown home for Christopher's. (Provided photo)

When redevelopment of Irving Place meant Christopher’s Restaurant & Custom Catering would need to find a new home after 20 years in the old City Hall building, Paul Christopher thought maybe it was time to consider the suburbs. After all, ...

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State, county issue new guidance for large-event venue operators (access required)

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Operators of large-gathering venues are now allowed to host events with up to 150 people or 50 percent capacity, whichever is less, but must notify the county health department in advance of plans. The Monroe County Department of Public Health has ...

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DoorDash provides $5,000 grants to 32 Monroe County eateries (access required)


DoorDash is providing $5,000 subsidies to 32 Monroe County restaurants as part of the company’s COVID-19 Restaurant Relief Grant Program. The grants can be used for operating costs such as rent, payroll, purchasing personal protective equipment and expanding outdoor dining ...

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Pandemic impact will be long-lasting, economist tells commercial Realtors (access required)

Uncertainty with how future legislation may impact eviction and rent collection has made multifamily apartments a less desirable commodity in recent months, Stewart Title Guaranty Co. chief economist Ted Jones told a New York State Commercial Association of Realtors (photo by Kevin Oklobzija).

Flanked by iconic LeRoy Neiman artwork of Muhammad Ali on his office wall, Ted Jones provided an in-depth look at the U.S. economy for the Rochester Area Chapter of the New York State Commercial Association of Realtors on Thursday afternoon. ...

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County eliminates restaurant permit fees for 2021 (access required)

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Monroe County has eliminated restaurant and food service permit fees for 2021, enabling a sector of the business community hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis to save on expenditures. The elimination of the 2021 permit fee applies to all restaurants, ...

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After five-month shutdown, Hyatt prepares to reopen (access required)


In a sign that some normalcy may be returning to business travel, the Hyatt Regency Rochester will reopen its doors to guests on Feb. 22. The Hyatt has been closed since early October, when the COVID-19 pandemic stifled corporate travel ...

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Bronson to lead Assembly’s working group on economic recovery (access required)


The New York State Assembly has created an internal working group to focus on economic recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, with Harry Bronson (D-Rochester) serving as a co-leader. Bronson, chair of the Assembly’s economic development, job creation, ...

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CaterTrax donates meals from local eateries to frontline workers (access required)


CaterTrax Inc., a catering management software provider located in Village Gate Square, has partnered with four Rochester restaurants to provide 1,000 meals to first responders and frontline health care workers over the next 60 days. CaterTrax donated the meals and ...

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Mercantile on Main open for business (access required)

Owner Ramon Arguinzoni at his Palermo's Market, one of six eateries now open in the Mercantile on Main in the atrium of Sibley Square (provided photo).

Mercantile on Main, featuring five food operators and coffee brewer, has opened in the atrium of Sibley Square at 240 E. Main St. Palermo’s Market Nani’s Kitchen, Flour Kitchen, CUT and Broth are preparing food for takeout and delivery only ...

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Warren asks Cuomo to reopen Orange Zone restaurants (access required)

Lovely Warren

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has asked Gov. Andrew Cuomo to allow indoor dining at restaurants in designated COVID-19 Orange Zones, saying they are being “arbitrarily penalized.” In a letter to Cuomo, Warren wrote that restaurant owners and employees are being ...

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