Here are the basics of our plan to transform the Armory Building into a bustling arts and cultural community center.
RESTAURANT & Bar
44 North is a new restaurant for Rochester, serving creative fresh cuisine. The owner is a local (born and raised), professionally trained chef. This will be a unique and welcome addition to Downtown Rochester restaurant scene. The food is always fresh and locally sourced. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner and features a full bar, private dining, and banquet rooms. 44 North will also serve the other Castle Community tenants’ needs for food and beverage offerings from catering, to coffee drinks, sandwiches etc...
BOOKSTORE, ARTIST Studios, indoor public commons
This space will be the gem of the Castle. The second floor will serve as public/private creative community space nestled between individual artist studios, shared creative workspace, a traditional photography darkroom, an independent bookstore, record shop, and an art store. The entire floor will serve as a community resource to encourage and expose a vibrant arts scene and an affordable gathering and workspace. The public will enjoy a space shared by artists creating work (both in their studios and in the public indoor park), access to wireless internet, space to meet, collaborate, snack, read, play, etc... The public can conveniently order food and beverages from 44 North using a kiosk, or bring in outside food.
Event & Performance Space, Community Room, Art Gallery
The third floor has the capacity to function as a banquet or conference facility, entertainment venue (hosting lectures, musicians, film screenings, and other performing arts). This space will serve local musicians, cultural initiatives, large gatherings, business meetings, and other special events. The Arts Collaborative (AC) management staff will work with local cultural organizations and artists reserve to activate the space with programs that serve the interests of a wide variety of audiences. The AC staff will also manage private rentals and secure adequate funding for community programs. 44 North will support any food and beverage needs for events in this space, offering full-service catering, bar service with a modified food menu, and box lunch options for groups of all sizes.