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Syracuse-based Funk ‘n Waffles heading to Water Street

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Adam Gold’s taken a weekly trip to Rochester for the past several months. He said the former Water Street Music Hall is the kind of space every decent neighborhood needs.

“I think one of the best things about Funk ‘n Waffles is that you can have your grandkids and your grandparents there. It’s the kind of space that’s open to anyone of any age and any type,” said Gold, the owner of Funk ‘n Waffles. 

Gold, along with a former business partner, opened the first Funk ‘n Waffles after graduating from Syracuse University in 2007. Since then, it has expanded to another downtown Syracuse location. Its original location near the campus is closing at the end of the night on Wednesday due to a planned apartment complex being constructed at the site of the building.

Funk ‘n Waffles serves up unique chicken and waffle recipes while promoting live music acts every night of the week. Gold said the move to Rochester was based not only on its market size, but the food and music-heavy culture. 

The majority of the work going on right now at Water Street includes renovating the interior of the building and installing a licensed kitchen, something the building has never had. Gold said he’s also looking forward to having a much bigger venue this time around, that can help draw bigger acts.

Though several business owners in the area are concerned about parking accommodations for the crowds Funk ‘n Waffles will draw in, and at what times the acts will take the stage. 

“Those two issues are the only items that we can see, otherwise we’re looking forward to having them. It’s going to help this area for revitalizing and drawing in the appropriate clientele,” said Pat Zubil, who works across the street from the venue. 

Gold reassured the fact that Funk ‘n Waffles is catered to all types of people of all ages.

“We’re really excited to be part of the St. Paul Quarter. I think that we can do a lot to help the community around us and all the local tenants that are starting to move downtown,” said Gold. “That’s really the main difference, is we’re going to try to make sure that no matter what we’re doing, it’s always family friendly and it’s always ready to go in the morning and keep serving healthy food.”

According to Gold, there will be 25 new hires at the Rochester location, which will offer delivery services as well. Funk ‘n Waffles is expected to open sometime in April.

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