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Michael's restaurant, a fixture in downtown Rochester, to be demolished

Michael's restaurant, a fixture in downtown Rochester, to be demolished

(THE MED CITY BEAT) - Michael's restaurant will be sold and demolished to make room for a new development in downtown Rochester.

The Post-Bulletin reports the Pappas family, which has operated the popular restaurant for decades, notified the employees on Sunday that the restaurant will close at the end of the year. The restaurant will be demolished and replaced with a retail center that has access to the skyway system and the Shops at University Square.

The project will also be connected to the $138 million Broadway at Center project across the street. The proposed 22-story building, which received final approval from city council last week, will feature a Hilton hotel, retail space, a restaurant and high-end apartments. 

Michael's has been offering fine dining in downtown Rochester since 1951. Owned and operated by the Pappas family, the restaurant is ranked the 13th best in the city on TripAdvisor. The walls of the restaurant are filled with pictures of dozens of well-known celebrities who have visited Rochester over the years.

The family told the Post-Bulletin it intends to open a new, "smaller, sleeker restaurant" in the new retail center.

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(Cover photo: Michael's restaurant via TripAdvisor)

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