Funk n Waffles is Coming to Rochester, Closing Original SU Hill Location

Update: The original location of Funk ‘N Waffles, located on the SU Hill in the original home of Hungry Charlie’s, will be closing on Wednesday, February 22. The downtown location will remain open. In a statement on the venue’s Facebook page, owner Adam Gold said:

It is with a heavy heart that after 10 years of great food, delicious coffees, wonderful people, fun times, hard work, ups and downs, (and a few open mic nights thrown into the mix), Funk ‘n Waffles owner Adam Gold announces the closing of the restaurant’s original location on the SU Hill (727 S Crouse Ave). This has been difficult for us as a staff, however we are left with no choice as the building block is being torn down.

Original article follows below:

Funk ‘N Waffles is heading west on I-90 this spring. The Syracuse business has leased the former Water Street Music Hall, bringing their delicious menu and concert calendar with them.

Owner Adam Gold, also of Sophistafunk, posted the following message on Facebook this morning:

Hello Rochester! If you haven’t already heard, I’m really proud to announce that we are opening Funk ‘n Waffles 3 in Rochester very soon at the old Water Street Music Hall!!! We’ll be open all day every day serving up the same funky menu, and there will be live music 7 days a week! We are really excited to be a part of Rochester’s growing St. Paul Quarter!

Rubblebucket at Water Street Music Hall, January, 2016

Rochester has a few venues for up and coming bands – 3 Heads Brewing, Flour City Station and Montage Music Hall – but the closing of Water Street Music Hall in the past few years last left a void in the Rochester scene, as local bands cannot move directly into the 900 capacity Anthology without stepping up into a mid-sized venue the size of the Funk ‘N Waffles at the old Water Street Music Hall. The musical history of the building and central location would serve the area well as a future Funk ‘N Waffles.

Update: this article reflects updated time frame for opening and clarification on leasing of building.