Connections: New restaurants in LeRoy revitalize a historic property
It's a second helping of the Summer of Food, and we're going a half hour west of Rochester to a historic old property. In LeRoy, a beautiful building on the edge of the Oatka Creek became one of the first Main Street locations in the 1820s. It was a fixture, but in 2004, a massive fire gutted the building that had served as a factory, a bank office, a private home, and then a restaurant. The burned out shell was a sad reminder of what was lost -- until a team of individuals decided to pour a lot of money (that's the publicly disclosed sum: a LOT) into reviving it. This summer, it opened as a restaurant for the locals (Farmer's Creekside Tavern & Inn); a high-end dining destination upstairs (One Main LeRoy); and a wedding / special events facility.
Here's the big question: can it become enough of a regional draw to survive? Our guests hope the answer is yes.
- Bill Farmer, owner of Farmer’s Creekside Tavern & Inn and One Main LeRoy
- Chris Grocki, general manager of Farmer’s Creekside Tavern & Inn and One Main LeRoy
- Sean Wolf, executive chef at Farmer’s Creekside Tavern & Inn and One Main LeRoy
- Greg Rogers, mayor of LeRoy