It seems the Roosters 3 building progress has stalled and the "Future site of Roosters 3" sign is no longer visible. Are there problems in the hen house? -- Bird Watcher

Your eagle-eyed observations are correct. The signs for Roosters 3 are not visible. That's because they no longer exist.

While an investor group coordinated by A.J. Hawkins of NorthRock Real Estate has two buildings under construction on land between the CMX Chateau theater and the US Bank in Northeast Rochester, the popular Rooster’s is not on the menu anymore.

My esteemed colleague, Jeff Kiger, chatted with Ross Manahan, the owner of the Med City’s pair of Rooster's Sports Barns, to get the coop… errr scoop.

He changed his plans, because the world changed soon after the project was announced in February 2020.

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“Basically, it wasn’t the right time… There was the pandemic and then construction costs went up about 35 percent,” said Manahan. “I just made the decision to shut it down.”

However, Rooster’s fans still have the original Rooster’s Sports Barn at 2280 Superior Drive NW and Rooster’s Too at 4576 Maine Ave. SE in the Shoppes on Maine district.

In fact, Manahan told Kiger that construction crews will be active this summer at those two locations working on some upgrades, expansions and patio work.

So what is going into those two new northeast buildings?

That remains unconfirmed. It sounds like another eatery will move into the 7,100-square-foot restaurant building at 3401 Northern Valley Place NE, but the name is still under wraps.

As for the other commercial center next to the restaurant, word is that a northwest Rochester dentist is looking to the east and opening a second office. Kiger should have more on the restaurant and dental clinic in his Heard on the Street column later this summer.

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