REDD restaurant scheduled to open Aug. 16

REDD, the new restaurant in the former Restaurant 2 Vine space, is scheduled to open on Aug. 16.

Rochester native Richard Reddington, who came to national acclaim with his restaurants in the Napa Valley, is the Michelin-star-winning chef leading the project. He closed another restaurant named REDD in California to move back east, but maintains an interest in a casual restaurant there.

Though no formal announcements have been shared on the opening, both the website for the restaurant and its Facebook page list Aug. 16 as the opening date. An online reservation system has been set up for taking reservations, and the first two weeks after the opening are already sold out.

Dennis Wilmot, a former executive with Wilmorite Management Group, is partnering with Reddington on the restaurant. Together they formed ReddRoc LLC, the restaurant’s parent company.

Landscapers and contractors were still active at the restaurant located at 24 Winthrop St. as of Friday morning, and the windows were covered over with brown craft paper. Posted hours are 5 to 11 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Reddington had worked at highly regarded restaurants on both coasts of the United States and in France before opening REDD in Yountville, Calif., in 2006, which is where he won a Michelin star seven times. In 2012, Reddington opened Redd Wood, a Napa style pizzeria that continues to operate.

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Michelin-star-winning chef headlines June fundraiser

Richard Reddington, the Michelin-star winning chef who ran two acclaimed restaurants in the Napa Valley region, will highlight a foodie fundraising event on the site of the annual jazz fest in Rochester. Reddington plans to open a restaurant in Rochester this spring.

The chef will headline SAVOR!, a fundraiser for Rochester Regional Health on June 18. The event will feature 50 food and beverage creators from the region at the site of the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival three days before the festival opens, acting as an unofficial opening act.  

A native Rochesterian, Reddington and homegrown developer Dennis Wilmot are planning to open Redd restaurant in the space formerly occupied by Restaurant 2 Vine. Reddington closed his fine-dining restaurant also named Redd in Yountville, Calif., to move back to the Rochester area. He continues to maintain an interest in a more casual restaurant he started in Yountville known as Redd Wood.  

SAVOR! will raise money for women’s health and pediatric services provided by Rochester Regional Health. Rochester Regional Health Foundation President Michele Grazulis said the event is “a special opportunity to celebrate the culinary and artistic talents of fellow Rochesterians. I can’t think of a better person to lead the charge this year than Richard Reddington, and I can’t think of a better way for our community to welcome him home.” Tickets are on sale now online for the event, which has sold out for the last three years.

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