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French-Inspired Restaurant Coming to Life in Downtown Rochester

Here is what's going on inside the historical Chapman House building on Walnut Street.

Orange fencing. Big yellow equipment. The sounds of construction.

Another story about the project?

Not this time, Rochester.

There's been a lot of speculation about what's going on at . This story gives you the answers.

The fountain stays

The Chapman House is a Rochester historical treasure. But it has stood empty since its last business, , left.

Now, this gorgeous building is about to find new life as an upscale restaurant serving French-inspired cuisine. In addition to the restaurant, the site plans include the ability to host events in the garden behind the building.

"We're extremely excited that the new owners are restoring this historic property, including preserving its fountain," city manager Jaymes Vettraino said.

Vettraino also said the new owners have been very cooperative in mitigating potential noise and parking issues. The plans include fencing and extensive landscaping to reduce noise. Valet parking will be offered to patrons.

"It's such a unique property," said one of the managing members. "It's an exciting project for us and it's important to us to preserve the structure and grounds."

The name stays

As for the name, it will stay The Chapman House.

"We recognize the name is an important part of Rochester history," said the manager. "Everyone knows it by that name."

To learn a little more about the history of the Chapman House, click here.

Sam June 22, 2012 at 12:44 PM
I can't wait either! The plans for the property are absolutely spectacular- wow!!! www.chapman-house.com
Michele Manhire June 22, 2012 at 12:52 PM
What a delightful idea for that gorgeous building! Pairing wonderful architecture and good food - consider me THERE.
Reinhold Tischler June 22, 2012 at 02:42 PM
What a great combination. I can't wait to go there.
Jo Ann Pedlar June 23, 2012 at 09:44 PM
After the historic fire @ the Chapman House, I wrote a letter to Nancy McGowan telling her what the house meant to me. She called my letter a "3 hankie" one. I got invited to their re-dedication. I'm so glad the new owners are keeping the name. I went to Oakland University when the Champmans still owned the house. It means alot to me. Jo Ann Pedlar
Denise Read August 13, 2013 at 05:40 PM
Any idea when it will open?

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