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Rochester's Purple Goat expected to open its door by Thursday

Creative Cuisine’s new Purple Goat Kitchen and Bar will start serving up rotisserie chicken and signature cocktails like The Scapegoat at least by Thursday at 3708 U.S. 63 North. It has been built on a 6,700-square-foot space on the west end of the Haley Comfort Systems complex, formerly Shopko North. Despite COVD-related delays, general manager Charles Morris and head chef Mark Kranz expect to open the doors at least by Thursday , if not sooner.

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Charles Morris, left, general manager of the Purple Goat, and Mark Kranz, co-owner, Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, at the Purple Goat in Rochester. The bar and restaurant plans to open next week. Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin

The Goat is a go.

Creative Cuisine’s new Purple Goat Kitchen and Bar will start serving up rotisserie chicken and signature cocktails like The Scapegoat in northeast Rochester next week at 3708 U.S. 63 North. It has been built in a 6,700-square-foot space on the west end of the Haley Comfort Systems complex, formerly Shopko North.

General manager Charles Morris and head chef Mark Kranz expect to open the doors to the public at least by Thursday, if not sooner.

The COVID-19 pandemic and various supply chain delays pushed the project months beyond the originally targeted dates for opening, so the Purple Goat team is very excited to be able to unveil all of the work they have put into creating a new and unique choice on the Med City restaurant menu.

The “booth-heavy” dining area features gas fireplaces and TVs accentuated by goat trophies and murals. It also sports a private party room that will seat 50 to 60 people.

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Beside finalizing the menu, the funky dining room decor and the creation of a partially covered 10,000-square-foot patio, Morris and Kranz have also been busy training about 65 employees.

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Purple Goat punch Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, at the Purple Goat in Rochester. The bar and restaurant plans to open next week. Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin

Teams of the staff were familiarizing themselves with making and serving the Purple Goat’s unique array of cocktails, including Watermelon Sugar High, the Violet Empress, Purple Goat Punch and A Goat Walks Into A Bar. Some of the cocktails also will be available to be served in “punch bowls,” large containers for three to four people to share.

While they will have a large selection of cocktails, beer and wine, Morris and Kranz stress that the Purple Goat will be welcoming for families and children. The patio will feature play structures for children, plus family outdoor games like bean bags, a giant Connect Four and other activities.

Diners also will find another unique offering on the tables to spice things up. Kranz has created a house hot sauce featuring blackberries and blueberries creating a purple fruity base with garlic and plenty of heat.

The Purple Goat is the latest as well as largest Rochester restaurant in the Creative Cuisine portfolio, which includes all of the Newt’s eateries, Hefe Rojo, the Redwood Room and City Market.

Brothers David and Mark Currie are the driving forces at Creative Cuisine.

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Jade Brady, center, bar manager at the Purple Goat, works on the drink menu with staff Thursday, Aug. 12, 2021, at the Purple Goat in Rochester. The bar and restaurant plans to open next week. Joe Ahlquist / Post Bulletin

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