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Schaller's Drive-In is April Featured Business

by Terra Osterling

The Irondequoit Chamber of Commerce is pleased to recognize Schaller's Drive-In of 559 East Ridge Road as the featured business for April 2017.

Schaller's Drive-In has been operating for 61 years since brothers Joe and Ken Schaller, who were both working at Eastman Kodak at the time, decided to pool their resources and get into in the Rochester hamburger and hot business. The original location, still operating, opened in 1956 on Edgemere Drive near the Lake Ontario shoreline. The Irondequoit location opened in 1959.

Both Joe and Ken have long passed on, and now the family-owned restaurant is being operated by Joe's son Tom Schaller, who has worked in the family business for 61 years.

Much has changed over the years in Irondequoit. When the location was opened in 1959, it was mostly surrounded by farm fields. Now the busy street of Ridge Road East is lined with businesses and restaurants that have come and gone over the years. Schaller's, however, has continued on in the original location.

“We take pride in what we do," Tom says. “Schaller's is still family-owned and going into our third generation. We strive for great food, friendly service, and reasonable prices, using the finest quality products that we can find—many of our suppliers have been with us from the beginning."

Schaller's Drive-In is a longtime sponsor and supporter of youth sports, including Irondequoit Athletic Association softball and baseball, Irondequoit Vikings Pee-Wee football, and Irondequoit High School sports programs, as well as the Irondequoit High School Career Connections program. Schaller's supports the wider Rochester community through the Pirate Toy Fund, Boy Scouts of America, the annual WXXI Auction, and partners with Delta-Sonic's car seat inspection program.

Tom thanks the Irondequoit Chamber for this honor, saying, “Schaller's hopes to continue to serve quality food and make people happy for many more years to come."

Schaller's Drive-In is located at 559 East Ridge Road. For menu, locations, and hours, visit:, or call (585) 544-2097.

(L to R) Irondequoit Chamber Board member Rocco Leone; Richard Wright, Schaller's general manager; Tom Schaller, son of a founder; Chamber Board President Rich Orczyk, Chamber Board members David Shaheen, Dan Celso, and Terry Palis.