Pics of the Very First Midtown Eats

Lunch in downtown Rochester under the canopy of skyscrapers? Dinner as well? Yes, please. 

Here are some quick shots of the very first Midtown Eats event (lunch) that took place on Thursday, June 1st, 2017.

Congratulations to Allie Sebastion of Morgan Communities for pulling this off, of course, with the help of an amazing supporting cast that includes Buckingham Properties, DHD Ventures, Sibley Square, and Gallina Development and many others. 


The next event will be held on Thursday, July 6th and, of course, will only get better over time. 

Check out our first post on the event series or their website for more information!

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Canstruction 2017 @ Tower280

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In its 10th year now, Canstruction, presented by Buckingham Properties,  is a FREE exhibit of canned food structures (but really, there's more to it than that)!

"Canstruction® is a unique nonprofit organization that holds annual design-build competitions to build giant sculptures made from canned food" (via website).

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This year's theme: Fantasy & Fairy Tales

The competition serves to raise public awareness about hunger and need in our community and the donated cans are all given to local food banks after the competition. In this instance, all food cans are donated to Foodlink.

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To date, Canstruction Rochester has donated 308,178 pounds of food. While previous competitions were held in Legacy Tower's Wintergarden, this year you'll find the exhibition on view in the lobby of Tower280 at Midtown until June 2nd! Don't miss this fun event.

Check out a few photos of Canstruction 2016:

Canstruction Website
Tower280 at Midtown

Public Hours:
7am-9pm daily


Midtown Eats: 1st Thursdays Just Became a Thing

First Fridays has been around for a while celebrating the art and culture in our city. But now we have something to be excited about on First Thursdays: Midtown Eats.

Here's the need to know:

The Deets:

It's simple - the 1st Thursday of each month for lunch AND dinner:

  • May 4th: cancelled due to weather
  • June 1st: 11am-1pm & 4-9pm
  • July 6th: 11am-1pm & 4-9pm
  • August 3rd: 11am-1pm & 4-9pm
  • September 7th: 11am-1pm & 4-9pm


Midtown Eats will take place on the pedestrian walkway that runs along the west side of Tower280 - in front of Branca Midtown.


This monthly food event will celebrate and showcase the incredible food scene that is growing here in Rochester. Each week will feature different restaurants offering small plates (which means you can try a few different things each time) and drinks for purchase, the event itself is FREE.

There will also be live entertainment during the dinner hours and FREE parking in the Midtown parking garage for the events, check out the video they posted on Instagram - it can't get any easier to enjoy Midtown Eats.

Find Out More: Website, Facebook, Instagram


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Stefanie is Co-Founder of the Rochesteriat. She might not call herself a foodie, but she sure does love to eat. Join the conversation on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.  

This is What the Future of Commercial at Tower280 Looks Like

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Everybody's heard the news that Tower280 in downtown is open for business: both on the residential front as well as the commercial side of the equation. The joint venture between Buckingham Properties and Morgan Management has already produced contracted commercial tenants such as Bergmann Associates, and the Italian Eatery, Branca (its second location in Rochester to open soon), and coming along nicely signing on renters to fill the gorgeous upper floor apartments. 

But there's almost 50,000 square feet of commercial space still available on its lower floors - so what should Tower280 executives do to fill the space? 

In an effort NOT to come up with an ill-timed April Fools' joke on the city, we'll state it now: THE FOLLOWING IDEAS ARE JUST OUR OPINION. If you still believe these things are happening after reading this post and disclaimer, then a BIG APRIL FOOLS' ON YOU, YOU DEFINITELY DESERVE IT!

With that said, This is What the Future of Commercial at Tower280 Looks Like:

Trader Joe's 

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Ok, you may be wondering why we're mentioning Trader Joe's when we're such big fans of Hart's Local Grocers? First off, NO ONE can beat the breakfast sandwiches of Hart's, so let's set the record straight. Second, Trader Joe's is THE only GROCER we know of that has the clout, the cult-like following similar to Wegmans, and the national notoriety that would change not only the shopping habits of local urbanites, but would potentially pull suburbanites back into the city for their inexpensive goods. Where else can you buy a bunch of flowers for $3?

Why it's a GREAT idea: ...because everyone KNOWS that good wine only costs $2.49 - granted we'd have to get those pesky wine laws changed here in NYS. 


Cheap, fashion forward European clothing - isn't that what we're all aspiring for? An undisclosed issue doomed the former H&M that shuttered the doors in Greece Ridge and the Eastview Mall locations a few years ago, but apparently it wasn't due to lack of sales. And we're a different city now, right? Any retailer that can sell underwear for a couple of dollars may just pull in a large part of the surrounding metropolitan market for good reason. 

Why it's a GREAT idea: Operating in 61 countries and over 3700 stores, H&M would give downtown an international destination flair that you just can't find in the Malls - um, anymore.


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Yep, I just won't let this one go. While a normal store size for IKEA is over 50,000 square feet, we could be different and make this into the world's smallest IKEA - ever. Also, it's been said that IKEA execs like to base their stores outside of central business districts because the traffic tends to get crazy. But hey, maybe doing just the opposite here would actually create a traffic problem WITHIN our city - something that city officials would love to see at this point. Also, your Swedish furniture will coordinate perfectly with your European wardrobe from another Swedish maker, H&M. 

Why it's a GREAT idea: Who needs those weird instruction manuals anyway? You can learn to put together your $25 Gersby bookcase on YouTube, and this stuff would fill all the modern new loft spaces downtown quite nicely.  

Au Bon Pain

Who even knows how to pronounce this correctly? Well, correct grammar or not, this Boston based retailer would pair nicely with the Boston WinnDevelopment Team over there at the Sibley Building. But we're not talking Sibley Building here - a typical sized store ranges from 2,500 - 3,500 square feet, making a perfect fit as a ground level occupant of Tower280. 

Why it's a GREAT idea: This chain was recently ranked the #1 Healthiest US Chain Restaurant by the restaurant grading website Grellin, and it would provide a central place for the downtown working (and living) crowd to enjoy a good coffee, pastry, sandwich, or nutritious salad during the workday.

So whatd'ya think, did we nail it for downtown's Tower280 spaces? Let us know your thoughts...

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Jason is Co-Founder of the Rochesteriat and believes we could really use an IKEA in downtown Rochester...we'll make the traffic work, right? Join the conversation on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.