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Heard on the Street: Look to the west for Rochester openings in 2020

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The Med City's (north)westward expansion will continue in 2020.

While downtown continues to flourish, northwest Rochester is also exploding with new restaurant and retail choices. 

The duo of  Christine Stahland Natalie Victoriawill soon have both areas covered with their original downtown Tap House on Historic Thirdand the under-construction Tap House West End . The new 6,200-square-foot West End stands by the recently opened  Smoak BBQ .

"Things are moving along," said Stahl of their first built-from-the-ground-up project. "We hope to be ready to open by the end of February."

A series of three job fairs will be held Jan. 19-21 at the downtown bar to hire for all of the West End positions. While they don't have an exact number of employees they will need, it will be more than the team of 30 that works downtown.

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West End, which is larger than the downtown Tap House, will seat about 250 people and have 100 beer taps. That's double the 50 taps on Historic Third Street.

Stahl said that while the new place will follow in the footsteps of the original, with things like Taco Tuesday and live music, look for West End to have some differences.

"The menu will be based on downtown, but it will be extremely expanded," she said.

West End will serve lunch, which the original location doesn't.

"That will be new for us ... We think there is a need for a quick, fast inexpensive lunch option there," said Stahl. "We'll be more family friendly. So we'll have a children's menu, which we don't have downtown."

The new place won't have the inherited character than the historic downtown does, but they hope to establish a similar atmosphere at West End.

"It's definitely going to be a welcoming, casual, warm type of place. We want everyone to feel welcome whether they're coming off of a job, out on a date or with the family," she said.

One thing West End will have in common with downtown is a lot of competition with Five West, Smoak, the Crooked Pint, Zen Fusion , Mr. Pizza Northand possibly a future International House of Pancakeslocation .

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"We love it. Business brings business," Stahl said.

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