Ribbon cutting event held at WeBe Brewing (photo)

A large crowd was present at the official ribbon cutting celebration that was co-hosted by the Geneva Area Chamber of Commerce at WeBe Brewing on Thursday, March 29th. Chamber staff, several board members, committee volunteers, local business owners and employees gathered to show their support at the event, which included a ceremonial ribbon cutting presentation under the Chamber’s popular Member... more

Biaggi’s in Victor abruptly shuts down, Eastview management responds

Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano is shutting down in Victor. The restaurant, which is located at Eastview Mall became a staple of the shopping center over its 15 year tenure. Mall management issued a statement on the closure: “When Biaggi’s first came to Eastview almost 15 years ago, it was their first restaurant in New York and a potential springboard for more... more

One downtown Auburn restaurant to reopen, another new one coming

Come summer, there will be a couple more places to get a burger downtown. Burger Theory is projected to open in early June inside the Auburn Holiday Inn, Sales & Banquet Coordinator Brandi Miller said Friday. As its name suggests, the restaurant will serve burgers along with appetizers and salads for lunch and dinner, as well as 24 bottles and... more

VISTA worker to address food-access issues in city of Geneva

While the city has a growing reputation as a food hub, there’s another food story that’s not going to be highlighted on a tourism website or in a brochure. It’s the lack of access to fresh and healthy foods for many residents. The city said most of its most impoverished residents live more than a mile from a grocery store.... more

Weather taking a toll on the Maple Syrup Weekend

It’s a classic sign of spring in Western New York, the harvest, of Maple Syrup. But the weather needs to be just right to get the right amount of sap to come out of these trees and this year it’s been unusual. Tom from Packard Farms in Macedon talked with Robert Speta of News10NBC today about how conditions this year,... more

El Morro owner honored for community contributions

One of the city’s most beloved business owners was honored last week by the Geneva Business Improvement District. Rafael Diaz Diaz, owner of El Morro Catering and Restaurant on Exchange Street, received the Community Service Award during BID’s annual dinner on Thursday at the Geneva Ramada. Diaz Diaz is not only a long-time downtown business owner but also a community... more

MacGregor’s in Canandaigua to be Murphy’s Law Irish Pub

You could call it Irish luck. Folks over at MacGregor’s Grill & Tap Room are more than a little excited about new owners and a new name in the works for the city’s long-established restaurant and bar at 759 S. Main St. MacGregor’s, in the historic building near Lakeshore Drive, will soon be a Murphy’s Law Irish Pub. Co-owned by... more

St. Patrick’s Day weekend picks (local guide)

Check out these great special deals and happenings for St. Patrick’s Day 2018 in the Finger Lakes! Dewey’s Tavern on Bridge Street in Seneca Falls Friday Happy Hour: Seafood Pizza and Ham and Swiss Subs Saturday: Irish Dinner for $8.00, Ham or Corned Beef, Reuben’s too! Regular menu still available, burgers, wings, pizza, fries, trash plates! Kitchen hours 11 am... more

Maple producers on the cutting edge in the Finger Lakes

Walter and Vance Kannapel, a father-and-son duo making maple syrup at their sugar shack in Farmington, started boiling sap from sugar maples around their cabin in the Adirondacks some three decades ago. These days, their sugar shack is at the Kannapel home on Rushmore Road. They boil sap from a forest of sugar maples on the property into syrup, which... more

Mac’s Philly Steaks in Lyons gets going

Mac’s Philly Steaks owner Ryan MacNamara didn’t see the need to drop what Burnham’s Canalside in Lyons was doing as a longtime breakfast and lunch joint. He just added to it. The new name: Mac’s Philly Steaks Diner, which is in its third full month of operation in the Wayne County community. The approach in Lyons is different from MacNamara’s... more

WEBER THIS WEEK: Meet the owners at Connie’s Diner in Waterloo (podcast)

Carmen Caratozzolo is in-studio on Monday afternoon as a guest on Weber This Week with Harold “Web Dog” Weber to talk about their long-time, very successful family business. Connie’s Diner has been a staple in downtown Waterloo for almost thirty years. Hear the story of Carmen’s mother Connie who purchased the former Chick’s Diner from former owner Sharon Podgorny in... more

Finger Lakes FEAST coming to Geneva

The inaugural FEAST — Feeding Everyone at Shared Tables — in the Heart of the Finger Lakes will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. April 24 at The Cracker Factory, 35 Lehigh St., Geneva. Executive Chef Samantha Buyskes, of Three Brothers Wineries and H.J. Stead Co., is organizing the tasting event in hopes of it becoming an annual affair.... more

Geneva duo looks to revive Hall Diner

A Geneva duo has plans to reopen a venerable eatery in this town of Seneca hamlet, and they’re looking for a little help from the public to make it happen. Dan Bullock said he and Tamarie Cataldo are expecting to reopen the Hall Diner in March. The restaurant, which had opened its doors for a spell last year under former... more

WEBER THIS WEEK: Claire Benjamin of Rue Claire Lavender Farm & Artisan Chocolate (podcast)

Claire Benjamin is the owner of Rue Claire Lavender Farm & Artisan Chocolate in Lodi. Claire’s chocolates are made with the finest & all natural ingredients in artisanal manners. Hand Crafted chocolate located in the heart of Finger Lakes New York. We do not use additives nor preservatives in our chocolates. We believe that by making every ingredient from scratch... more

Olney Place in Yates Co. granted license by SLA

Seth Olney will be able to serve beer in the tap room that was added to his Route 54 store, The Olney Place, as long as he prevails in Fourth Judicial Dept. Appeallate Division court. Before granting the license Feb. 6, New York State Liquor Authority Commission Chairman Vincent Bradley cautioned Olney, “This whole thing is conditional on the court... more

Pizza pioneers: Skaneateles family celebrates 30 years of food business

At the turn of the century, Valentine Wellington was making sandwiches for workers on his Skaneateles farm when he accidentally spilled some sauce on the bread. Rather than toss the dough, the young farmer sprinkled some fresh cheese on top, creased the edge and slid it into the oven. Thus, the first local pizza was formed — or so the... more

Tasty winter Ithaca Chili Cook-Off tradition continues in its 20th year

Walking through Ithaca Commons on Saturday would have been enough to make anyone hungry drool a river. The 20th annual Downtown Ithaca Chili Cook-Off took place between 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday at locations on and around Ithaca Commons, where the smells of the combinations of tomatoes, seasonings, peppers, onions, meats and other ingredients filled the air. The cook-off... more
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