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Red Osier opens downtown café

Manager Deann Distaffen at the Red Osier Metro Café grand opening on Wednesday in the Monroe County Office Building on West Main Street in downtown Rochester. Todd Etshman

Red Osier Metro Café officially opened for business at the Monroe County Office Building in downtown Rochester on Wednesday.

Red Osier Metro Café owner Rob Moore Jr. and Deputy County Executive Dan Delaus cut the ribbon at 11 a.m. before an enthusiastic crowd in the lower level of the building at 39 W. Main St..

Since opening its first sandwich eatery at Frontier Field in 1995, Red Osier has grown to include over 100 establishments in 40 states that feature prime beef sandwiches, many of which are located at stadiums,  arenas and resorts.

In addition to the opening of the Metro Café, the company announced it will soon open a new corporate center at 398 West Ridge Road.

The new corporate center will employ over 100 workers in sales, administration, food service, accounting and other professional positions.

Moore said the company is using the café concept to expand its catering services to downtown businesses — they anticipate that will be a major portion of its revenues.

“The overall theme is urban, sleek, quick-to-serve, but always fresh and attractively priced menu items,” Moore said.