Restaurant & Bar Rochester NY
We are a family Italian restaurant and full service bar serving Rochester with delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner at affordable prices. Stop by or call 585-426-1900 today.
People often ask, “What was this before it was Yianni’s?” The answer is originally it was Pizza Kitchen in the 1970’s, then it was Astis’s, and after that, Tony Rigatoni’s. “That’s right!”, is the usual response. But of course, there’s more to the story. John Bakolas, affectionately known as Yianni, realized his dream to open his own restaurant, and so Yianni’s was established and opened its doors on June 23, 1988.
John emigrated from Greece at age 7 with his parents and younger brother. By the time he was 13, he’d begun working in the restaurant business, ultimately learning all aspects of the trade. He worked at various restaurants throughout the years, even meeting his wife, Susan, at one of them. Eventually they married, settled in Gates and started a family. The restaurant dream became a reality. John worked tirelessly, determined to succeed and beat the odds that were laid against him by many. Since then, Yianni’s has been known throughout the community for excellent food, an impressive atmosphere and friendly servers that are often mistaken for family. We have stood the test of time.
The restaurant is still owned and operated by the Bakolas family, despite John’s passing in September 2010. Although his lovable and entertaining presence is sorely missed, his values and business principles still ring true in the restaurant he founded. Susan, their children and loyal employees continue to strive for a most enjoyable dining experience. So, whether it’s lunch with co-workers, dinner with family and friends or celebrating a special occasion, it’s your satisfaction that continues to drive us.
We continue the work; the legacy lives on as we keep the dream alive. Thank you for choosing to dine with us today.
Since opening in 1988, Yiannis Restaurant has been serving Rochester, NY with delicious Italian and American cuisine. Enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, and drinks at great prices. For casual family dining in Monroe County, stop in today!
120 Pixley Road
Rochester, NY 14624