CR Venues is comprised of professional planners, executive chefs, and quality staffing with years of experience to make your planning stress free. We have many unique venues to choose from to meet your exact needs and budget, and we promise to do everything possible to make your event absolutely perfect. Let us put our expertise to work for you so you can relax and enjoy your special day!
CRAIG RISTUCCIA, OWNER
Craig Ristuccia grew up locally, and often refers to Charlotte as his childhood “stomping grounds”. After graduating from Alfred State College he started his own business, Straight Line Contractors in 1983, with an unparalleled reputation for quality workmanship and customer service. During that time Craig had his eye on the Hose 22 firehouse, and when the opportunity came along he grabbed it and worked diligently to restore and preserve every detail of the building. Craig took every step imaginable to ensure the full potential of the building was met, not just restoring the glory of the neglected building, but taking it to new heights. Hose 22 Firehouse Grill opened in 2009 and has been a staple of the community since.
As a resident in Charlotte, with the addition of the The Stutson House restoration and the acquisition of Jetty at the Port along with other commercial and residential properties, Craig has dedicated himself to the restaurant and catering industry in Charlotte, taking full advantage of Rochester’s beautiful, often underutilized waterfront area. Each location is unique, authentic with major focuses on the local history and a special eye on all the details.
NIKOL RISTUCCIA, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
Nikol has been operating and managing restaurants for over 15 years. Upon graduating from RIT with a degree in Illustration, she moved to Brooklyn and became immersed in the culture of hospitality and the inner workings of the food and beverage industry. After three years in NYC, Nikol returned home to her native City of Rochester, and became the Director of Operations at Hose 22 Firehouse Grill and her Dad’s right hand in all operations. For the past eight years, Nikol has coordinated and overseen every detail of the business; from day-to-day operations, catering, staffing, special events, marketing, and plans for long term business growth including the addition of the Stutson House and Jetty at the Port. She passionately leads her staff, providing exemplary customer service and hospitality and treats each event as if it was her own.
History of the Hose Company 22 Firehouse
The firehouse has been standing on Stutson Street since 1916, and was considered the crown jewel of Charlotte, with its intricate facade and grand architecture. Hose Company No. 22 operated here until 1962, eventually moving out to a more modern facility, leaving the building vacant for 47 years. A fire broke out in the empty building severely damaging the floors, ceiling and roof, evidence of this can still be seen on some scorched bricks on the second floor. The building was then boarded up and the pigeons took over.
Fast forward to November 2007, when the firehouse was
purchased by Craig Ristuccia and converted into the restaurant it is today. Over a two-year period it was gutted, every window and door replaced, tin ceilings added and floors repaired and refinished, all while paying attention to the tiniest details. A new slate roof and copper gutters were added, the fire poles replaced, even the wrought iron balcony out front has been meticulously replicated. All the restorations were done based off old photos of the building, and an outreach to the community has yielded some incredible donations of historical photos and memorabilia on display.
THE CAPTAINS ROOM
The Captain’s Room is a perfect private room for up to 14 guests, featuring a gorgeous custom made solid mahogany table, high back leather chairs, and a gas fireplace. The Captain’s Room is located on the 2nd floor of the Firehouse, and is accessed through the Red Room. The Captain’s Room is perfect for private dinner parties, client/business meetings, and luncheons. You may choose to offer our regular menu, or to create your own custom printed limited menu from a selection off of our current offerings for your guests. The Captain’s Room is complete with a private event server to cater to all of your dining needs.
THE RED ROOM
A warm, intimate setting that features original woodwork and glass, a double-sided gas
fireplace, and arched tin ceilings. The red room lends itself to smaller gatherings, as it fully seats up to 40 adults, or can accommodate more guests as a cocktail event. It is equipped with a large sectional couch, square or banquet-style tables, linens and coordinating natural centerpieces, and is perfect for smaller parties. Custom bar selections may be chosen, or self-serve beverage packages are also a popular choice, due to the intimate nature of the room. The Red Room is also a great add-on feature to the Green Room, as they are located across from each other on the 2nd floor of the Firehouse. It is common to book the Red Room as a relaxing grazing area for guests, while utilizing the Green Room for DJs, dancing, and drinks.
THE GREEN ROOM
A beautiful, elegant room with original woodwork and arched tin ceilings, the Green Room is located on the 2nd floor of the firehouse. Featuring round tables set with linens, candles, natural centerpieces, and a baby grand piano, this room really has a sense of sophistication and ambiance. Our large round tables seat up to 8 adults each, with the room fully seating up to 80 guests. Additional guests can be accommodated with a cocktail setup, and/or including the Red Room to accommodate larger parties; or as a way to provide two different atmospheres for your guests. The Green Room is very popular for weddings, showers, and business meetings. The room also provides a TV/DVD player with HDMI capabilities for presentations, and a Bose music system. Custom bar selections can be chosen from our offerings of wine, bottled and draft beers.
A casual pub environment, featuring an extensive historical exhibit from the RMSC’s Albert R Stone Negative Collection. The Downtime Pub is perfect for fun, informal gatherings ranging from birthdays, reunions, retirement parties, and rehearsal dinners. The Downtime Bar also boasts full access to all of our draft and bottled beer selections, TVs, a surround sound system, and private bathrooms. Fully seated, the pub accommodates 55 adults with our large custom family style tables, or considerably more for cocktail parties with high top tables. The Pub is fully handicap accessible with exterior ramp access.
THE STUTSON HOUSE
The Stutson House is a restoration of the old Rochester Hollow Grinder Building that has taken a reclaimed approach, utilizing repurposed materials from the local area. The complete floor and window trim along with the high top tables are made from the old Ontario Beach boardwalk wood, over 18,000 2” x 2” bricks that line the walls are from deep under Stutson Street from the late 1800’s, the doors that surround the bar are from guest rooms of the DeMay Hotel, the tin ceilings are from a local old barn, and other artifacts from the original building are on display. This perfectly rustic but elegant venue awaits you for all of your entertaining needs, including a huge bar area, games and a warm cozy feel.
JETTY AT THE PORT
Jetty at the Port is a beautiful ‘location with a view’ overlooking the Genesee River and Lake Ontario, featuring a nautical theme focused on all things related to the Great Lakes. A beautiful, versatile dining room can be set up for a cocktail party, sit down dinner, buffets or grazing stations, you name it, we have all your needs covered. Ample parking, easy second floor access, plenty of TV’s with surround sound, and a full bar including frozen drinks will make this an unforgettable experience for your guests.
THE CLOCK TOWER
The Clock Tower, located on the 2nd floor of the Port Terminal Building in Charlotte, provides bright airy views of the Port of Rochester Marina and Ontario Beach Park. Ceiling height windows and high colorful ceilings are the perfect setting for your small to midsize gatherings. With a focus on whimsical and a bit eclectic with bright contemporary colors, unique artwork and beautiful wood chairs with many versatile ways to arrange the room, this venue is far from the ordinary. Adjacent to the Jetty at the Port kitchen, our executive chefs and catering staff will see to every detail and provide the perfect customized menu to fit your exact needs. Try something different, your guests will love the unique experience.
Coming in The Spring of 2018, the Overlook will feature the South section of the Jetty at the Port patio dedicated exclusively to host your special event! A canopy will protect your guests from the elements, tables, chairs and high tops can be arranged exactly to meet your needs, and a portable bar can be set up with all of your favorite beverages. Enjoy amazing views of the river with a buffet, grazing stations, menu items or a few passed appetizers! Whatever your needs, this is the perfect place to host a party this summer in Rochester!