ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WROC) — Two of Rochester’s most beloved bars will soon be reopening for curbside pick-up.
Marge’s Lakeside Inn will be offering to-go services up from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 20.
The full curbside menu includes drinks, food items, Marge’s merchandise, along with a new beer, made by Three Heads Brewing; Marge’s Tiki Blonde Ale.
“I’m so excited and so thrilled that (Three Heads) is so excited and thrilled about it,” Francine Beth at Marge’s said.
Both the beer release and curbside pickup coincide with a huge anniversary for the bar:
60 years in business.
“It’s just luck, and it’s a phenomenon,” Beth said. “My grandmother brought it 1960, and I’m the third generation. I was conceived and born there… My mom and I are really blown away that so people know Marge’s.”
With the weather warming, so many Rochesterians think of the tiki bar as a place to hang out and relax. Marge’s wanted to see its people, and people wanted to see Marge’s. They were only open for two days before the shutdown.
Now that the weather is getting warmer, they’ve started a curbside pickup system. They’re only doing pick up on special days, like Cinco De Mayo, and the upcoming Memorial Day. And when the weather holds up, of course.
To coincide with the curbside reopening, Marge’s Facebook page will be live streaming a musical performance by Teagan Ward from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
As for the ale itself, the Minister of Mayhem, Geoff Dale at Three Heads Brewing explains:
“We like were like, ‘uh yeah,'” he said. “When institutions in town approach you ale, why wouldn’t you do it?”
The beer itself is inspired by Marge’s tiki atmosphere, Marge’s signature “Rum Runner” drink (a frozen rum and fruit treat) so it needed to have a Caribbean flavor. Dale says they started with a “light and crisp” golden ale, and put as much fruit as they could into it: orange, pineapple, banana, guava, and lime.
He says it’s perfect for the porch.
“It’s just a fruit explosion,” Dale said. Beth at Marge’s even echoed it’s accessibility.
“I’m not a beer drinker,” she said. “But I really liked it, when they had their first run. And I brought a couple beer people with me… And they liked it. We’re all really excited about it.”
The beer is seeing it’s full release starting this week.
For more information about Marge’s online ordering, and to see the full menu, visit this website.
Another local favorite, Lux Lounge in Rochester’s South Wedge Neighborhood, is also reopening for curbside pick-up.
Lux will be open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., offering beer, mixed cocktails, grilled hot dogs (red, white and veggie), merchandise and gift cards. There will also be a daily drink special and some PBR gift giveaways each day of the weekend.
Customers are required to wear a mask for Lux pick-up.
Marge’s and Lux are just two of the latest local favorites to begin reopening as the Rochester/Finger Lakes region navigates phase one of the state’s reopening process.
Earlier this month, Balsam Bagels, Highland Park Diner, and Harry G’s became three of the latest local establishments to dip toes into the curbside pickup waters.