Little in the Lot

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A second statement from The Little: We have decided to cancel the Friday, Sept. 25 Little in the Lot event.

Doing the right thing, making the correct decision, shouldn't be this difficult. If others did the right thing Daniel Prude, Breonna Taylor, and so many other valuable lives would still be with us. Not only were their lives taken far too soon, but their killers remain immune to consequences. This is unjust, and infuriating. Our staff decided - as we did for our previously scheduled Sept. 12 Little in the Lot event - to stand by our community, the leaders at Free the People Roc, and the additional courageous individuals who continue to fight for justice every day.

If you purchased Little in the Lot tickets, refund information has been emailed to you (please send us a message if you didn't get this email).

Thank you for understanding.

A statement from The Little: This is a historic time in Rochester. The unjust killing of Daniel Prude in March, subsequent cover up, and unlawful abuse of peaceful protesters is simply unacceptable. Anger over the lack of justice and accountability is expected, but it's the response from our incredible community that is the aforementioned historic part. Led by Free the People Roc, brave individuals have made their voices heard every night in downtown Rochester. This is vital work, and as a result, The Little staff has decided to cancel our Saturday, Sept. 12 Little in the Lot event.

Refunds of your full purchase amount will be issued immediately. The refund should appear on the card you used to purchase, within 3-5 business days. If you have any questions, please feel free to email, or call the business office at 585-258-0400.

The Little has been a constant on East Avenue for 90-plus years, and that type of history comes with a responsibility to this community. We dearly miss our Little members and guests, but holding an event at the same time that residents are calling for justice a few blocks away, would not be upholding The Little's values.

Our staff sends both love and support to the courageous individuals fighting for racial equity and justice. We stand with you. Black Lives Matter.

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Little in the Lot — a popular outdoor dining experience in Rochester’s East End — returns 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12 and 5:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25 at 240 East Avenue. The inclement weather dates are Sept. 13 and Sept. 27, respectively,

Along with an outdoor bar, concessions, and food from The Little Cafe — served to tables physically distanced across The Little’s Winthrop Street parking lot (8 Winthrop St.) — there will be live entertainment.

The Sept. 12 event will feature 42, the Jackie Robinson biopic starring the late Chadwick Boseman, along with music from gospel star Paul Boutte. The food will be ballpark-inspired, and will include vegan options.

The Sept. 25 Little in the Lot features barbecue soul food, music from the Herb Smith Freedom Trio, and the 2018 Aretha Franklin documentary, Amazing Grace.

Due to limited space, there are only 50 reservations available, per event. Reservations for each event is $40, and go on-sale at 12 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, via

Masks are required at Little in the Lot. For the safety of our audience, performers, and staff, no one will be admitted without a mask. Full safety guidelines below.

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Event schedule
Each reservation includes: choice of entrée, choice of side dish, and a fountain drink. Food items must be selected at time of purchase. An outdoor bar and concessions will also be available for additional purchase throughout the evening.

September 12 Little in the Lot:
6 p.m.: Doors open
6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: Music via Paul Boutte
7:30 p.m. to 7:50 p.m.: Intermission
7:50 p.m. to 10 p.m.: 42

About Paul Boutte
Paul Boutte is a professional musician, songwriter, and producer whose specialty is Gospel music and the Hammond organ. Boutte is the musical director of the Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church and the Spiritus Christi Gospel Choir. He is an adjunct Professor of Music at the State University of New York at Brockport. Boutte currently serves on the Board of Directors of The Rochester Music Hall of Fame. Additionally, he is the program director and radio personality of the top rated “Sunday Morning Gospel” radio show on 103.9 WDKX.

About 42 (open captions)
The late Chadwick Boseman stars as Jackie Robinson, the first Black man to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era. Boseman died August 28, following a battle with cancer. Film is presented with open captions.

September 25 Little in the Lot:

5:30 p.m.: Doors open
6 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Music from the Herb Smith Freedom Trio
7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: Intermission
7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.: Amazing Grace

About Herb Smith Freedom Trio

The Herb Smith Freedom Trio, one of Rochester’s premier jazz combos, has been featured at the Rochester International Jazz Fest and Gateway Music Festivals as well at numerous other venues.  Leading the trio on trumpet is Herb Smith, who also performs with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

About Amazing Grace (open captions)

A documentary presenting the live recording of Aretha Franklin's album Amazing Grace at The New Bethel Baptist Church in Watts, Los Angeles in January 1972. The documentary was a hit during its 2018 run at The Little. Film is presented with open captions.


Entrée choices for 9/12: 

  • Little Cheeseburger : beef patty with lettuce, tomato, red onion, American cheese, Little special sauce on a Martiucello Roll
  • Impossible Burger : meatless patty with lettuce, tomato, red onion and vegan Little special sauce on a Martiucello Roll *vegan*
  • Ballpark Dog : Zweigles Red Hot with meat hot sauce, onions, and mustard on a toasted bun

Side Choices for 9/12:

  • Soft Pretzels : two soft pretzel sticks with honey dijon dipping sauce *vegan*
  • Nachos : corn tortilla chips with queso, pico de gallo and jalapenos
  • Mac Salad : cold pasta salad with homemade dressing *vegan*
  • Little Tots : baked potato tots with Little dipping sauce *vegan and gluten free*

Entrées choices for 9/25:

  • Chicken and Biscuits : sauteed chicken cutlets, mushrooms and mixed vegetables in a creamy sherry gravy with a fresh biscuit
  • Fried Green Tomato Sandwich : pan-fried green tomatoes, avocado, lettuce, shiitake mushroom and Cajun remoulade on a Martusciello's roll *vegan*
  • BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich : pulled pork, sweet and smokey barbecue sauce on a Martusciello's roll with cole slaw

Side choices for 9/25:

  • Baked Sweet Potato : sweet potato topped with pecans and brown sugar *vegan and gluten-free*
  • Baked Macaroni and Cheese : macaroni baked with American and  creamy cheddar cheese and a panko crust

Beverages include Lemonade, bottled water, and soda

Purchasing Tickets

Tickets are purchased in advance (no walk-ups) and must be purchased by the table (tables will have one to four people each). Select your food & drink reservation for each person at your table, and add to your cart. To maintain physical distancing, tables/seats/reservations will not be combined. Tickets are available at

Upon arrival the day of the event, please check in at the Little 2-5 parking lot entrance on Winthrop Street.

Additional Info

Weather Watch
In the event of inclement weather (rain, high wind, etc.), The Little will email the address used to purchase the ticket(s) by 3 p.m. day-of the event with a cancellation notice. The rain dates are Sunday, Sept. 13 and Sunday, Sept. 27, respectively. 

Parking and Accessibility

  • Parking is available in the former Hart’s parking lot (10 Winthrop Street) next door to The Little, or along Winthrop Street.
  • Both the Hart’s parking lot (for parking), and The Little’s parking lot (for this outdoor event), are wheelchair accessible, with accessible parking spaces, and ramped walkways.
  • Both films will be presented with English captions

Covid-19 Safety Guidelines
The Little Theatre and Cafe are committed to providing a safe, comfortable, and enjoyable experience. For the safety of staff and guests, please note the following guidelines for attending a "Little in the Lot" event:

  • Masks will be required AT ALL TIMES, except when eating or drinking at the purchased reserved table.
  • Please do NOT remove your mask to eat or drink when standing or walking. Kindly wait until you are back at your table.
  • Please wear a mask fully covering your nose and mouth when arriving at this event, when a Little staff member approaches your table with your food, and when you approach the outdoor Bar/Concessions.
  • Do NOT pull down your mask to talk to Little Staff
  • Tables are physically-distanced throughout the parking lot. You will only be seated with whomever you bought a ticket with (or solo). Kindly respect the space of others around you and maintain a six-foot distance from any other audience members at all times.
  • Bathrooms will be available inside the Little 2-5 building. Please maintain physical distancing when visiting the bathrooms, and wash your hands thoroughly.

Additional steps The Little is taking to promote community safety:

  • We have expanded our hands-free capabilities with touch-less soap and sanitizer dispensers, foot pulls on bathroom doors and lidless trash receptacles to limit points on contact around the facility.
  • All of our staff will be wearing masks at all times and those in food preparation will be wearing gloves.
  • All surfaces, including tables, chairs, counters, handles, registers and all kitchen and bathroom surfaces are disinfected regularly: before, during and after business/event hours.

Future Little in the lot announcements will be made at