Syracuse’s Original Grain opens second location in Downtown Rochester

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — After three years of success in Downtown Syracuse, Original Grain has opened its second location in Downtown Rochester.

One of the first customers in line for lunch was Adrianna Kocak, who recently moved to Rochester from Syracuse.

Kocak took a job with tech company Digital Hyve, which also recently expanded from Syracuse to Rochester.

Of the new Original Grain, she says, “It’s like a little piece of home out here.”

The new restaurant is bigger and brighter, but it can easily be recognized as part of the Original Grain brand, featuring similar flair and food.

The menu features green bowls, grain bowls, noodle bowls and smoothies. Original Grain will expand its popular weekend brunch offerings to Rochester, as well.

Owner Chris Bily is no stranger to opening new restaurants as the mastermind behind Modern Malt, Original Grain and XO Taco, but Rochester’s Original Grain is his first venture outside of Syracuse.

Bily says, “You’re coming into a different city. You’re starting to learn the culture. It’s been an amazing learning experience for me: learning the new culture, learning what Rochester people are like.”

Like Syracuse, the Rochester restaurant has 90’s inspired cassette tapes for decorations. But as a nod to Rochester, Kodak cameras also adorn the walls.

Bily plans to oversee the daily operation in Rochester in its early weeks, but Syracuse is never far from his heart.

To his family, friends and customers in Central New York, Bily says:

“Thanks for everything. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you guys, for the love and support, which we hopes continues as we expand the brand. Syracuse is our home town for all of us. It’ll be our home base, our baby.”

Once Bily perfects the Rochester location, he’s got his sights set on bringing Original Grain to more cities. He’s in the midst of conversations with people in Buffalo, Boston, Charlotte and Denver.

The Syracuse Original Grain opened at the corner of South Salina and West Fayette Streets in 2016. The one in Rochester is located 280 E. Broad Street.

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