We are very proud of our heritage and the progress we have made from our humble beginnings. Carl Arena Sr. started a catering business out of the back of his Chevy station wagon in 1951.
Three years later he established his first restaurant, The Burgundy, within the Cadillac Hotel in downtown Rochester. In 1956, demand for his catering had grown beyond his current space prompting him to purchase a small, established restaurant in Bushnell’s Basin, The Basin Inn. At the time, it served the dual purpose of a local neighborhood restaurant in Pittsford and as the home base for his flourishing catering business. As his catering business grew so did the banquet center space later renamed, The Burgundy Basin (Inn).
Over the course of the next 50 years, this small restaurant, mainly under the leadership of Carl’s two sons, Joe and Carl Arena, Jr., evolved from a small pub into one of the Western New York’s largest and most successful banquet facilities. The facility has five banquet rooms, an event pavilion, two wedding gazebos, an updated, expanded kitchen and office space, enabling the reception center to accommodate events from 25 to 1,200 guests.
The year 2006 represented 50 years of business for the Burgundy Basin and the torch was passed to the third generation. Carl Jr.’s son, Carl R. Arena and son-in-law, Michael Clarcq now proudly carry on the family tradition, making it easy for guests to host large events. Over past ten years that Carl and Mike have owned the reception center, they have added more rooms and remodeled all of the space to provide a relaxed, updated, and welcoming space for their clients and guests.
Our guests are and always have been our first consideration and the reason we have been so successful. We strive to provide you with a straightforward and effortless planning process that results in a high quality, customized event. We want you and your guests to have an outstanding experience in a relaxed environment.