While things still look pretty dark for many local restaurants, there is a bit of color on the horizon for Rochester diners.
Plans for the new Purple Goat Kitchen and Bar are still rolling forward.
Brothers David and Mark Currie hope construction of the 6,700-square-foot restaurant will start in November with the goal of opening in February.
It is being built in space on the west end of the former Shopko North complex at 3708 U.S. 63 North. It also will feature a 10,000-square-foot patio.
They estimate the restaurant will need about 40 to 50 people on the wait staff with about 25 in the kitchen.
The Purple Goat will add to Creative Cuisine’s Med City portfolio that includes four Newt's, City Market Deli, Hefe Rojo, and Redwood Room. When completed, this will be the largest Creative Cuisine restaurant in Rochester.
David Currie said the biggest focus of the restaurant, which will feature casual American fare, will be on creating a comfortable place to hang out with family. A play area on the patio for young children is planned for the warmer months.
The unusual name came about because they wanted to add a personal touch to this new project, so David Currie and his wife each contributed a favorite thing. She loves the color purple, and he has always been fascinated by mountain goats. It became the Purple Goat.
This restaurant project is the latest part of the re-development of the 90,000-square-foot building to be announced. In February, Tom Haley, co-owner of Haley Comfort Systems, purchased the complex, which has sat empty since Shopko closed in June 2019.
Haley Comfort Systems’ showroom and operations now fills the center part of the complex. Haley is looking for a commercial tenant to fill the rest of the space on the east side of the building.