We've had a lot of sad news lately about places closing in Rochester, especially in the downtown area.  Instead of sad, how about we do a little bit of happy today?  If you are ready for that, I've got it!  A place in downtown Rochester just re-opened and now it has a new name and a new look.  I got a sneak peek and am sharing a bunch of pics so you can see it too!

Just a few weeks ago I shared the news that Porch, located at 20 4th Street SE in Rochester, was closed up as they were working on a new look, including a brand new name.  Porch Fried Chicken is the new name that's been chosen and they officially reopened on Wednesday, August 5th.

I snuck over to Porch Fried Chicken earlier today and had a great chat with Justin Schoville, one of the owners of the place.  He, along with Lindsay Zubay, have been transforming this old building into a spectacular space throughout the years.

So, what's new at Porch Fried Chicken?  Well, all of the smoked meats are gone and instead, they are focusing on what they do best - their chicken.  They wanted to provide a fast, casual experience but also be a place that is hip and fun.  Whitespace, a branding and design agency in town, played a big part in putting together the overall feel with the new logo and chicken character that is used throughout the website, social media, and at the restaurant.

Let's take a look at the new place!  I know with COVID-19 going on right now, some people may not want to head out to restaurants quite yet.  Just in case that might be you, I grabbed a few photos so you can see what's new too.

Nice job to the entire crew at Porch Fried Chicken!  Thanks for letting me stop by and hang out for a little bit for a sneak peek.

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Now, if you are looking for another restaurant in the area that has a patio seating, keep reading to see a few other spots in town that were voted as the best.  And if you've got a favorite that didn't make the list, shoot me a note on my Facebook and Instagram page so I can come check it out!