Event venue

An empty downtown bar will be turned into an event venue

ROCHESTER — A quartet of local entrepreneurs are transforming an empty downtown Rochester bar into a new event venue for weddings, parties, reunions and more.

Lea Driscoll and his sister-in-law Cassie Fenstrain the same way Ray Driscoll and Branden Monson, have a vision for the old Top Shots/Fusion/Bar R space at 316 S. Broadway. The new company will be called LC location.

“We are planning to turn it into some kind of elegant space where one could hold a wedding reception or even have their wedding ceremony there. We could also host a bridal shower, baby shower or luncheon for any reason, Leah Driscoll said. “Any type of life event, from a milestone birthday to a welcome home party to retirement graduation, something like that.”

The plan is to partner with “some high-profile Rochester caterers” and a local event planner to offer a full range of a la carte services to people looking to host a party, reunion or wedding, a- she explained.

The LC venue, which will accommodate up to approximately 150 people, will also have an in-house bar staffed to provide alcohol and bar service for events.

The hope is to start organizing events in August or September. The LC Venue Calendar will begin booking events on May 1.

What inspired the quartet to undertake this project?

“We are all Rochester locals. We are all experienced families, small business owners, who decided to come together with a common goal. And we found where the needs are in Rochester at this point,” Driscoll said. “So we have found a common goal that excites us all.”

This is a new direction for empty space at street level in the Downtown building, which was built by the late Rochester developer Joe Weis in 2010.

In 2010, this place originally evolved in a matter of days from an empty shell with concrete walls and a sand floor into the brand new Top Shots pool bar in the City Center building on South Broadway.

Tops Shots remained a hip downtown spot for years until its abrupt closure in April 2017.

the Fusion the living room then entered the space for a short run, followed by time as the R bar. It’s been empty for a while.

The whole 45,000 square feet

The downtown complex was purchased in 2021 for $14 million

as an investment by a dermatologist in Modesto, CA.

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