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Culinary Connection: Behind The Scenes With Good Luck



Yelp’s Culinary Connection is a month-long event series featuring businesses who have made an impact on Rochester’s evolving food scene. These exclusive and intimate events are a platform for local chefs and restaurant owners to share their story — how they got their start, what inspires their menu, and why they do what they do for our community, along with curated tastings.

Good Luck Restaurant led the way as Rochester’s food scene shifted around 2008 with the opening of their loft-style restaurant space and open kitchen. You’ll recognize them for their infamous burger, but they’re admired for the carefully crafted menu featuring seasonal, local ingredients, and craft cocktails, all shared among friends.

We’re grateful to have had the opportunity to sit down with the owners, Chuck Cerankosky and executive chef, Dan Martello to hear about it all began, which, no surprises, involved many shared dinners between the three owners as they were concepting the space over nine years ago. Their vision — everything from the light fixtures, to the design of the menus, to the food, and the cocktails — is a nod to their Manhattan inspiration. Each piece comes together so naturally, which is why so many feel comfortable in their space and are willing to try something new.

Q: What inspires your menu?

A: “I come from an Italian immigrant family so that’s incorporated in the menu. On any given night you come to Good Luck, you might get something that’s some style of a Korean dish or you might get something that’s very Italian. We try to have fun with what we do.” – Chef Dan Martello

That evening, they showcased a new cocktail menu addition and special cider tasting exclusive to the taproom at OSB. As they approach their nine-year anniversary, stay tuned for new additions to their chef’s table dinners.

Want to see more from the event experience? Check out the reviews and photos! Visit the Yelp Events calendar to RSVP for our upcoming events.

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