A Med City restaurant will soon be making a cameo appearance on the plaza at the Mayo Civic Center.
The Mayo Civic Center at 30 Civic Center Dr SE announced this morning that Cameo at the Castle will launch an outdoor restaurant overlooking the Zumbro River in July.
On July 10, Cameo by the Riverside will start serving dinner on Fridays and Saturdays. Diners will be able to reserve time slots of 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The menu for the alfresco meals will feature “casual French brasserie-style food.”
Live music will be played during the meals, with different performers for each time slot. The band schedule will listed on Cameo’s Facebook page.
“We are thrilled for this opportunity and look forward to serving our familiar flavorful dishes. We hope people will come down and enjoy this fun atmosphere with us,” Cameo owner Zach Ohly said in the announcement.
This endeavor dates back to May, when Gov. Tim Walz announced that restaurants would be allowed to start offering outdoor dining. The COVID-19 pandemic rules have now relaxed to allow 50 percent indoor dining.
In May, Mayo Civic Center and Experience Rochester President Joe Ward offered the patio to restaurants without outside dining options.
“We have a beautiful plaza sitting empty, and if we can create a new experience for Rochester that includes great food and live music in a unique setting, we are going to do it,” Ward said in the announcement. “We want to help the hospitality community in any way that we can.”
Reservations are recommended for the Cameo By the Riverside evenings, though walk-ups will be welcomed if space allows. All social distancing guidelines will be followed, including staff wearing masks, tables properly spaced out and party-size limits.
Ohly and his wife, Danika Ohly, opened the 160-seat Cameo restaurant and bar in the 5,000-square-foot lower level of The Castle at 121 N. Broadway in 2018.
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