Mike Currie and Jerry Zubay started in the restaurant business in the 1960s as entry level as one can get: They were both dishwashers. Today, they head up Creative Cuisine Companies, their homegrown corporation of five Rochester eating establishments that enjoy the reputation of being the best in town.
Mike and Jerry traveled to the east coast, the west coast, and many places in between, collecting ideas for a concept to build a restaurant of their own. The pair started out by opening The Bank Restaurant in downtown Rochester in 1978. The Bank was a formal dining establishment fashioned after the ever-popular Broker restaurant located in Denver, Co. It was wildly popular. Newt’s bar was opened upstairs in 1980, offering burgers and beer with a smile (some even call it the "Cheers" of Rochester!)
In 1982, Mike and Jerry felt Rochester needed a more casual dining place. They re-vamped the Bank into Henry Wellington, which became a household name in Rochester, and also around the world with their many loyal transient guests. In 1994, Mike and Jerry had a desire to grow their operation, so they bought two more downtown restaurants. Instilling their philosophy of providing high quality food and service, in an engaging environment, both places are now top restaurants to dine at in Rochester: The Broadstreet Café and The Redwood Room.
In the spring of 2002, the pair answered yet another call for the downtown area, and opened a totally different type of place, JP Zubay and Co. City Market, a New York style deli and market. In 2003, they updated Henry Wellington into the quaint, metropolitan City Café, which offers New American Cuisine and the best al fresco dining in town.
David and Mark Currie are brothers and the current co-owners of Creative Cuisine. They are both second generation owners in this family owned local company. David and Mark both got their start working as bussers and dishwashers in the mid 80’s at Henry Wellington for their father Mike Currie and his partner Jerry Zubay. Over the years they both worked every job within the company. After graduating from John Marshall high school, Mark went on to engineering school, then eventually business school at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. David decided to pursue hunting full-time and bartending part time at the Redwood Room. In 2008 they both decided to become full time adults and bought the company from Mike and Jerry. The partners have had great success opening three new Newt’s locations: Express in the downtown skyway in 2009, Newt’s North in 2011, and Newt’s South in 2015. Newts South is the first restaurant in company history to be built from the ground up. In 2016, they launched Hefe Rojo in the 216 First Ave space. David and Mark recognized the changing needs of a growing Rochester and a gap in culinary options of the downtown area thus the concept Hefe Rojo was born.