ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — As New York continues to open, a Rochester institution is next in line: Genesee Brewhouse is starting outdoor dining and curbside pickup Tuesday at 3 p.m. The Brewhouse has been closed since March.
The restaurant says that indoor seating, as well as their roof and patio seating will not be offered, instead they have created seating space right outside the brewery that spills into the street.
“We wanted to take our time, and create an environment that is safe for our team members, and our guests, so they always feel comfortable at Genesee,” said general manager of the brewhouse, Malcolm Franklin. “This is a new business for us.”
Reservations and curbside pickup orders will also start tomorrow, and can be made by calling 585-263-9200.
“The next few weeks were not quite sure what to expect,” Franklin said. “We always pride ourselves on being a first-come first-serve no reservations needed kind of place, but right now with the limited tables outside, we want to make sure that everyone gets a chance at having an experience again.”
Genesee Brewhouse is already expecting a huge number of reservations — as their beer lovers will often lineup by the dozens and sell out beer within minutes — so they will have limited walk-in tables.
And, if you need “merch” or other retail items — they can be ordered at their online store.
As for the service itself, it’s fast and friendly. While this soft open doesn’t won’t have the same number of people as when they open, the staff is organized; you can even see them smiling through all their masks.
There are hand sanitizing stations, and waiters constantly have cleaner and towels in hand.
All drink glasses are plastic, but he rest is regular dishware.
The food hasn’t lost a step at all. The pretzels were the perfect combination of crunch on the outside, and fluffy inside. The nacho cheese dip was as incredible as I remembered.
The menu may look more limited, but Franklin says the menu is all new… But some of the favorites are there.
Regulars will have no problem finding something they can relive from pre-COVID, and if there are any first-timers to the Brewhouse, there are plenty of options.
But the cherry on top is that despite the heat, is the fresh and cooling breeze off of the High Falls.