New gourmet grocery will cater to the adventurous cook

The words Zubay and food go together like wine and cheese in Rochester.

Jerry and LeeAnn Zubay are partners with the Currie family in Creative Cuisine. Creative Cuisine is the company behind five downtown Rochester restaurants, including 300 First, City Cafe and Newt’s.

Now LeeAnn Zubay is cooking up a gourmet grocery called Culinary Market.

"It will be a specialty food store focusing on adventurous ingredients and imported cheeses," she says. "I hope to have all the really hard-to-find things."

Zubay hopes to open in June in the former Broadstreet Baking Co. building next to 300 First on First Avenue.


Expect foods from Italy, Spain and small artisan operations in the U.S. Sausages, rare hams, pates and lots of imported cheeses will be on the shelves.

She has been selling such items in the Rochester Produce store in southwest Rochester. Zubay plans to keep some of her foods there even after she opens her market.

Inn to change

Expect the name in front of Rochester’s Holiday Inn South to change in the next year or so.

"We are re-positioning ourselves for the future," says owner Mark Anderson.

Due to the design of the older hotel on south Broadway, Anderson says Holiday Inn will not renew its franchise agreement again.

So he is talking to other franchises. "We have many options."

One option is demolishing the stand-alone 80-room building in the hotel’s north parking lot and building "a new four-story, 80-unit hotel."


That would set Anderson up with two hotels at that location.

On the rise

Before the deluge began last week, dirt was being moved on the former site of the Days Inn South Hotel along Rochester’s south Broadway.

Since the hotel was demolished last year, the lot behind Eastwood Bank has remained empty.

Reliance Development Co. of the Twin Cities has two commercial buildings going up. One is being built to order for a single tenant.

The other, according to Reliance’s local real estate reps Barb Phelps and LeeAnn Andrist of Paramark Properties, will be about 10,000 square feet and will have multiple tenants. No tenants are locked in yet.

They expect the buildings to be finished in late September or early October.

And who is the single tenant in the other building?


Following a tip, I called a large nonprofit. I was told it was still too early to talk yet.

I’ll keep checking.

Gallery opens in P.I.

Ray Leaf, a nature photographer, is focusing on a new project.

He opened Talon Gallery and Showroom in a former gas station/repair shop on Pine Island’s Main Street last week.

Leaf has about 100 of his photos on display, but "I’m hoping to bring in other artists to display their work."

Purposely moving into one of the city’s "uglier properties," Leaf says he hopes to create something unique in the 2,500-square-foot space.

Besides his photography, Leaf’s skills as a professional prop designer will also be on display. Expect a 12-foot-high waterfall and wavy serpentine walls.

Presto closes

Presto Cuisine has gone the way of Let’s Dish! in Rochester.

The meal preparation business shut off its stoves for good last week.

Presto, which opened in March of 2006, started out as a meal preparation operation. In November 2007, owner Cindy Stier folded the business into Rochester Produce. She changed the focus to making meals to be sold in the grocery store.

"I think the economy has a lot to do with it. However, these businesses go so well in other cities, but not in Rochester," she said when asked why her business and the recently closed Let’s Dish did not make it. "Why not here is anybody’s guess."

The first such business in the Rochester market — Dish It Up owned by Heather Tlougan — is the last one standing.

A new chapter

The Extraordinary Book Seller store on First Avenue Southwest is ready to move out of its first edition and consolidate its used books into its Barrister Hall location at 9 First St. N.W.

After 10 years on First Avenue across from the Marriott Hotel, the Plunkett family plans to empty its shelves by the end of this month.

"It is just too much for three people to run two stores," says Steve Plunkett, who owns and staffs the stores with his parents.

They opened the second location last year when their space was reduced to make room for the beauty boutique About Face.

Biz buzz

• Opportunity is not just knocking, it is dialing up and calling Z-Wireless. The certified Verizon Wireless reseller that opened a Rochester office early last month in the new Broadway Corner Plaza at 2008 S. Broadway is already looking for more locations.

"We want to have at least three in Rochester," says regional manager Jeremy Girgen. "We’re looking to go on the north end and on the very south end of Rochester. We’re pretty close to signing on one location."

• As the boys of summer prepare to play at Mayo Field in Rochester, I’m hearing some chatter in left field.

The word is there is something resonating out there with Mayo Field this summer.

If I don’t strike out, I should have more on this soon.

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