Rumi’s is closed as of Spring 2014
Originally published on November 13, 2013.
Route 31 is a busy thoroughfare, particularly the section south of the 590 ramp and north of the Pittsford village. It’s a suburban, commercial juggernaut. Get a bestseller fix at Barnes & Noble, a bag of frozen Parisian carrots at Trader Joe’s, a whimsical serving platter at People’s Pottery, a Pomeranian-sized Christmas sweater at Petco — all of it, and more, is located within a mile-long strip of road.
And then there are the restaurants. If you were particularly hungry, or training for a major-league competitive eating event, there are few places in the Greater Rochester area with a retail-space-to-calorie-ratio as dense. You can get surf ‘n’ turf at Black & Blue, Thai at Mamasan’s, carrot-cake-cheesecake at the Cheesecake Factory, burgers at Five Guys, Italian at Mario’s, Benucci’s, and Pomodoro. And that’s not even considering a slew of fast-food joints.
At the northern end of this strip, across the street from Clover Lanes and neighboring a Comfort Inn, is Rumi’s Grill & Cafe. Its namesake is Rumi, the 13th Century Sufi mystic and poet, and the restaurant’s ethos comes from this quote attributed to him: “Come, come, whoever you are. Wanderer, worshiper, lover of leaving. It doesn’t matter. Ours is not a caravan of despair. Come, even if you have broken your vows a thousand times. Come, yet again, come, come.”