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Here you’ll find the latest news from our restaurants, including the music calendar for our Jefferson Road location. Browse around and check out our menus and fundraising info while you’re here!


Going to the Drum Corps Competition? Visit Sticky Lips BBQ Afterwards!


Photo City Junction Water Tower

Wish Howie luck!

He’s speaking before the Rochester Planning Board this evening, asking for approval on the water tower signage for the new Photo City Junction.

Proposed water tower for the corner of Atlantic and Culver.  

Proposed water tower for the corner of Atlantic and Culver.



The 6th Corn Hill Arts Festival Musicians Jam Session

Join us Thursday 7/10 for a Jam Session at Sticky Lips BBQ Juke Joint!


Thursday, 7/10

8pm – Midnight
No cover


8:00-Fiona Corinne
http://www.fionacorinne.com - POP

8:20-Noble Vibes
www.noblevibes.com - REGGAE

8:40-Laura Dubin
www.lauradubin.com - JAZZ

9:00- The Lonely Ones
www.reverbnation.com/artist/levigangI - AMERICANA / FOLK

9:20-Jeff Riales and The Silvertone Express
www.jeffriales.com - COUNTRY

9:40-The Love Parade
www.theloveparade.org - AMERICANA

www.spectrarochester.com – ROCK AND BLUE EYED SOUL

10:20-Dan Schmitt and The Shadows
www.myspace.com/danschmittguitar - BLUES

10:40-The Table Top Three
www.tabletopthree.com - ACCOUSTIC TRIO

11:00-Anonymous Willpower
www.reverbnation.com/artist/anonymouswillpower - R&B

11:20-Danielle Ponder and The Tomorrow People
www.reverbnation.com/artist/danielleponderthetomorrowpeople - R&B

11:40-Todd East and The Corn Hill All Stars
www.toddeast.net - SOULFUL ROCK N ROLL

Howie's Market Run


After 31 years, restaurant Howard Nielsen still makes his weekly trip to the market.  Nielsen says he does this to keep costs down and for the camaraderie he gets from working with other businesses.  There’s no substitute for hard work!

Willie Nile to play Sticky Lips Juke Joint, Friday May 16

Due to heavy rains at the Lilac Fest today, Willie Nile will now be playing at Sticky Lips Joint (830 Jefferson Road) at 9:30pm.  Come early to hear the Old Hippies open at 8:30! No cover!

A Buffalo, NY native, Willie Nile’s fans include Bruce Springsteen, with whom he’s guested onstage on multiple occasions, and Pete Townshend, who personally requested him as the opening act on the Who’s 1982 U.S. tour. Other avowed Nile admirers include Bono, Lou Reed, Paul Simon, Ian Hunter, Steven and Lucinda Williams, who once remarked, “Willie Nile is a great artist. If there was any justice in this world, I’d be opening up for him instead of him for me.”


Sticky Lips BBQ is celebrating 10 years in the smokin’ business (and we mean barbecue!)


Sticky Lips BBQ is celebrating its 10th year serving hungry Rochesterians with the roll-out of three new menu items at both restaurant locations. Barbecue aficionados can enjoy the new “Tenth Year Anniversary Sandwiches”: the Buttered Brisket Sandwich and the tropical island flavour of the Howie Maui Wowie Sandwich. Also new is the “Mr. Wallace’s Fried Chicken” recipe.


  • This slow hickory smoked juicy beef brisket is served on a grilled and buttered hard roll. It’s simple and tasty! Choose either of our new Texas BBQ thin sauces: All-American or Cherry Bomb. It enhances the meat’s flavor without covering it.


  • Enjoy pulled pork shoulder, drenched in a mango infused BBQ sauce and drizzled with an island fruit chutney.


  • Our chef’s secret recipe. Crispy golden brown, a mix of dark and white meat. Served “traditional crispy” or “Birdland” style (smothered in sweet & sour sauce).

This year Sticky Lips also marked the opening of a new state-of-the-art catering/fundraiser kitchen, the first phase of improvements to the Culver Road location. Also ready to break ground will be the new “Sticky Lips City Music Hall,” which will include a full bar and live music.

The Sticky Lips story began on April 22, 2004, when the marquee read “I just spent my life savings, please eat my food.” After eleven months of renovation, the building at the corner of Culver and Atlantic was transformed. What was once an automobile showroom (and later Carvel’s Ice Cream) was now the two story STICKY LIPS PIT BBQ. Remembers owner Howard Nielsen, “People must have felt sorry for me. We had a line out the door and it hasn’t stopped since.”

Nielsen now owns the plaza at the corner at Atlantic and Culver, and plans are underway to create “A.C. Junction,” a dining and entertainment destination.