Restaurants anticipate a possible presidential visit
Posted at: 08/21/2013 11:34 PM
By: Lynette Adams | WHEC.com
After stopping Buffalo on Thursday, President Barack Obama will be headed to Syracuse where he is scheduled to speak at a high school. The big question many here want to know: will he take a swing through Rochester?
News10NBC doesn't know if he will decide to stop in Rochester, but despite that some area restaurants are getting ready.
"Only thing I've heard is through the boss," says a Nick Tahou's Chef Earl Hardgers Junior. "He said he might stop here."
Workers at Nick Tahou's say no extra cleaning, polishing or mopping is needed. This 95-year-old restaurant is ready for a visit from the president. The owner told workers he heard it's a possibly and Earl Hardgers Junior has been thinking about it all day.
"I'd be overwhelmed," says Hardgers. "I'd probably be dumbfounded and couldn't speak or something. You don't know just like I'm getting right now, just thinking about it. It'd be neat."
Workers here say they want to treat the president to a Rochester staple.
"I would tell him, I would recommend a cheese burger plate," says Hardgers. "Macaroni, home fries with everything on it, without a doubt. It's the best... it's the best."
But there is also talk the president could stop here at the Highland Park Diner. Server Rachael Baug was shocked when we told her about the buzz around town. She says it makes sense. This 1940's dining car is another of Rochester's iconic places to eat and Baug says the President would go away happy.
Baug says, "Honestly he has a lot of different options. He wants to go savory, he wants to go sweet, we have a huge menu. Usually I tell people to close their eyes and point and they're not going to be disappointed."
We're also hearing the president could possibly stop at the Mount Hope Cementary to view the grave site of well known abolitionist Frederick Douglas. And then there's the possibility he might stop at another Rochester favorite, the Dinosaur Barbeque.
"Our doors are open, we're full of hospitality," says Brandi Morgan of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que. "It's what we do, we're happy people."
Again, there's still no official confirmation that the president will stop in Rochester. We're told he has a busy schedule in Buffalo and later in Syracuse, so we'll have to wait and see.
News10NBC also learned that the White House paid a visit to one of our hospitals. A spokesperson for the University of Rochester Medical Center tells us because URMC is the regional trauma center, anytime the president is going to be in the area or even passing though, it is routine for the White House medical staff to pay a visit to the local trauma center.