Good question: does Bar-Bill still come to the bay?

ROCHESTER, NY – Here’s a good question about something new near Irondequoit Bay, just along Empire Boulevard where the old Macgregor used to be.

There was a lot of excitement about what was moving, but it’s not there yet.

Paul reached out to me, “Is something going on with the old Mcgregors on Empire Blvd? Heard it was going to be a Bar-Bill but didn’t see any activity.

Yes, there is something going on here and yes it is going to be a Bar-Bill. The city approved it earlier this year. Here is the original letter from the owners of Bar-Bill. It says:

We intend to reopen and rebrand the former MacGregor’s Restaurant located at 1129
Empire Boulevard in the town of Penfield.

Our family owns and operates the iconic Bar-Bill Tavern ( in Buffalo, NY. For
for over 50 years, the Bar-Bill has been home to what many consider to be the finest chicken wings
available in the cradle of the “Buffalo Wing”. Sports heroes and celebrities have done
the Bar-Bill has been an essential stop over the years.

Rochester is a natural location for our third restaurant. Our restaurants are not franchises.
The property remains with Clark, his wife Katie and his sons, John and Harry. Our business model is
based on providing an excellent working environment for our employees, high quality products for our
customers and be the best neighbor and an asset the community can be proud of.

We only plan aesthetic work on the premises, painting and cleaning in particular. The
there will be no changes to the exterior of the building or to the property.

We hope to be open to the public, summer 2022.

Obviously that didn’t happen, so I called Clark Cook. His family runs Bar-Bill. He says they are now aiming for a spring opening.

I asked why the delay, but he didn’t elaborate other than to say that things always take longer than expected. He told me that they would start hiring staff early next year.

If you have a good question you want us to answer, email Brennan Somers at [email protected].

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