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Metro- TAC = Radisson

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Metro- TAC = Radisson

The Radisson Plaza Hotel is taking over the liquor license of the Metro Restaurant at 150 S. Broadway in downtown Rochester.

Why?

Because Andy Chafoulias' TAC Corp., which currently holds the license, is being dismantled.

TAC is the vehicle Andy used to launch Metro and the Hangar Bar & Grill.

Here's a little from the letter Kevin Molloy wrote to the Rochester City Council:

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"The Pupose of this letter is to inform you that the TAC Corporation is going out of existence.

The Radisson Plaza Hotel will taking over TAC's operations, the Metro Restaurant…effective Thursday, June 7.

For background, here's a little an Oct. 25, 2005 story by Bob Freund:

Metro, the sleek new restaurant and sports bar that opened last week in downtown Rochester, is the leading edge of a restaurant group that could comprise as many as seven hot spots within a few years.

Local developer Andy Chafoulias, the principal pilot in the Hangar Bar & Grill at Rochester International Airport, said Monday he'll gather his two existing restaurants and as many as five future ones into one company, TAC Food and Beverage Service, which was formed in May.

Metro -- with its stylish metallic bar, loud music and 11 plasma TVs on the walls -- is one of three refashioned restaurants and bars planned for the Radisson Plaza Hotel.

Next will be a wine-and-martini bar featuring a menu of light food. The "New York-style bar," which has yet to be named, will open opposite Metro, just inside the Radisson's skyway entrance, about March 1, Chafoulias said.

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Downstairs on the Radisson's main floor, another "high energy" restaurant called Tonic is scheduled to open about May 1, he said. The remake will turn the former Sabastian's restaurant into an entertainment spot with a menu, live entertainment and dancing.

"We really want to bring people downtown," Chafoulias said. "We're not depending on hotel guests; we're depending on the local market."

TAC will lease space from the Radisson, which is owned by companies controlled by his father, Gus Chafoulias.

Here's a snippet by Matt Russell from Aug. 23, 2006:

A planned upscale martini bar next to Metro in downtown Rochester has been put on hold as options are considered, according to Joe Powers, a partner in the business.

"The process is still going through, but there's a lot of work to be done on it," Powers said. "For one thing, we're looking for a concept. For another, we're looking for which direction we want to go."

Powers worked with businessman Andy Chafoulias in opening Metro, but he said last week that he's working with Chafoulias' father, developer Gus Chafoulias, and Kevin Molloy, one of Gus Chafoulias' employees, in evaluating uses for the space next to Metro. Changes under way as part of downtown revitalization efforts are being considered as possibilities are evaluated, Powers said.

The space next to Metro, which was formerly occupied by the McCormick's bar, has sat empty since McCormick's closed last summer.

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