A trio of Rochester restaurateurs has a lot on its plate at the moment with the imminent opening of a downtown place as well as a new "burger bar" creation.

The second half of the Porch & Cellar pairing of restaurants in downtown Rochester is gearing up for an opening next week. On its Facebook page, Nov. 7 was released as an opening date for the Cellar, the lower of two establishments at 20 Fourth St. SE.

Similar to the Porch, the Cellar is the creation of brother and sister team Jason Zubay and Lindsay Zubay plus former ZZest chef Justin Schoville. The Porch opened in December 2016.

The two eateries are in the 115-year-old Chicago Great Western railroad depot, along the Zumbro River.

The Cellar, described as "hip" and "chill," will serve craft cocktails and "dynamic, chef-driven small plates."

The Zubay siblings have plenty of firsthand and family experience. Their parents, LeeAnn and Jerry Zubay, are the forces behind Zzest Cafe, which recently closed. There still is a downtown food court location of Zzest.

Jerry Zubay, with previous business partner Mike Currie, also created several beloved Rochester restaurants including the original Newt's and the Redwood Room.

Mike Currie's sons, Dave and Mark Currie, now manage the four Newt's locations as well as 300 First, the Redwood Room, Hefe Rojo and the City Market Deli.

In addition to their Porch & Cellar, the Zubay siblings and chef Schoville are working on a new burger bar called Hot Chip in the former ZZest space at 1190 16th St. SW in the Apache Shoppes shopping center.

That project recently was announced with a series of aggressive online videos that seem to challenge the Curries and Newts, which often are ranked as having the best hamburger in Rochester.

It looks as if Rochester has a beef showdown cooking in the near future.

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