By now, the Fantauzzo household anticipated their new enterprise, a bar and restaurant referred to as Studio Lounge at 7 Lawrence St., to be up and operating.
The Fantauzzos — who additionally personal Euphoria Liquor in North Winton Village and The Warrior Issue, a Henrietta Gymnasium — purchased the lower East End property, formerly home to 80W, last December.
That upscale institution was based in late 2018 by Mark Siwiec and Duffy Palmer and closed in mid-2020 underneath the load of the coronavirus pandemic.
However the Fantauzzo household noticed a possibility there and never solely purchased the extensively renovated constructing, however all of 80W’s high-end furnishings and fixtures — together with a cherrywood bar, leather-based sofas, and bronze mirrors and chandeliers — and kitchen gear.
The idea was that the turnkey enterprise could be again in enterprise by spring 2021.
Sadly, securing a liquor license from New York state is taking quite a bit longer than anticipated, and it isn’t clear when it will come by means of.
Mid-summer, with their engines idling, Chris Fantauzzo stated he and his brother Carl and Studio Lounge sous chef Nick Muchard thought, ‘Why not make use of no less than a few of the Studio Lounge house?’
So, the three of them started brainstorming concepts, and the result’s Holy Bowly, a ghost kitchen serving six forms of one-bowl meals from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday by means of Sunday.
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“Ghost kitchen” is a food-industry time period for business kitchens which can be arrange primarily for supply and don’t have eating areas. Holy Bowly makes use of DoorDash, Grubhub and Uber Eats, however clients can also decide up orders at 7 Lawrence St. (Go to linktr.ee/holybowly.) In the meantime, Holy Bowly is attempting to develop its personal supply service, stated Muchard, the operation’s government chef.
The recipes are impressed by the trio’s travels and foodie adventures, however they’re additionally rooted in a longtime Rochester custom: “They’re nearly like Rubbish Plates with the totally different parts,” Chris Fantauzzo stated.
Actually, The OG bowl is an precise model of the Rubbish Plate, with residence fries, macaroni salad, smashed beef cheeseburgers and beef sizzling sauce. Toppings embody ketchup, mustard and onions.
Nonetheless, Muchard stated for the reason that enterprise launched initially of August, the most well-liked bowl has been The Colonel: mini butter-honey biscuits surrounded by creamy mashed potatoes and topped with country-style gravy, grilled candy corn, fried hen bites and melted Gruyere cheese.
The Clever Man — a hen cutlet and fried eggplant on high of gnocchi and Italian sausage tossed with conventional purple sauce and completed with herb-marinated mozzarella and shaved Parmigiano Reggiano — additionally has proved a favourite.
The Tropical — wild black coconut rice, black beans and seared mahi mahi drizzled in a citrus-avocado puree, all topped with pico de gallo, guacamole, passionfruit slaw and grilled pineapple — sells nicely at lunchtime, Muchard stated. “It’s a lighter dish.”
The common menu is rounded out by The Southerner, with pork-braised collard greens and Cajun shrimp; and The Phat Thai, with rice noodles sauteed in spices, herbs and veggies and dressed with a candy pad Thai sauce.
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Costs for bowls, not together with supply service prices, vary from $14.99 to $17.99.
Proper now, Holy Bowly is averaging gross sales of fifty to 60 meals a day, Muchard stated.
Because the enterprise opened, breakfast bowls — with eggs and thick-cut bacon from McCann’s Native Meats — have been added to the combo as weekend specials, “and we’ve additionally talked about including and tweaking the menu with the seasons,” he stated.
Even after Studio Lounge will get its liquor license and is working as a full bar with a dine-in restaurant, Chris Fantauzzo stated he’d wish to maintain Holy Bowly going, however it will in all probability transfer off-site.
“As time goes by, we’ll have a clearer imaginative and prescient,” he stated.
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