Our History

Char Broil Family Restaurant, as it is known and loved today, began with Tom Tette and his son Shawn purchasing the business in 1999. But the story of the Tette family serving the Rochester community delicious food doesn’t just begin there.

The Cup and Saucer, a diner owned and operated by Tom’s parents, was located in the other half of his childhood home. Tom grew up, quite literally, in the restaurant business before officially joining it as a full-time career as a young adult. Tom’s sons, Tom M., Shawn and Michael, also grew up in the business, from playing in their grandparent’s restaurant to helping as waiters, servers or kitchen staff in the family’s other establishments throughout the years.


Char Broil Family Restaurant, as it is known and loved today, began with Tom Tette and his son Shawn purchasing the business in 1999. But the story of the Tette family serving the Rochester community delicious food doesn’t just begin there.

The Cup and Saucer, a diner owned and operated by Tom’s parents, was located in the other half of his childhood home. Tom grew up, quite literally, in the restaurant business before officially joining it as a full-time career as a young adult. Tom’s sons, Tom M., Shawn and Michael, also grew up in the business, from playing in their grandparent’s restaurant to helping as waiters, servers or kitchen staff in the family’s other establishments throughout the years.


Tom and Shawn purchased the Char Broil in 1999 with the dream of bringing this neighborhood gathering place to the next level and create the “Fine Diner Experience” we know and love today.  Their first step? Expanding the original menu.

Wholesome, fresh, family recipes are the cornerstone to the Char Broil’s diverse and delicious dishes. While they worked to expand the restaurant’s original menu, they enlisted the help of Tom’s wife and Shawn’s mother Linda to develop some of the nightly specials that are now beloved by Char Broil regulars, such as chicken French, stuffed peppers, and fresh chicken parmesan.

Tom and Shawn purchased the Char Broil in 1999 with the dream of bringing this neighborhood gathering place to the next level and create the “Fine Diner Experience” we know and love today.  Their first step? Expanding the original menu.

Wholesome, fresh, family recipes are the cornerstone to the Char Broil’s diverse and delicious dishes. While they worked to expand the restaurant’s original menu, they enlisted the help of Tom’s wife and Shawn’s mother Linda to develop some of the nightly specials that are now beloved by Char Broil regulars, such as chicken French, stuffed peppers, and fresh chicken parmesan.

They settled into a groove with Tom heading up the kitchen and Shawn managing the front end. Then in 2004, the youngest son Michael joined and continued the tradition of fresh food and fresh ideas.  Mike expanded the menu even further with crowd-pleasing soups like the buffalo chicken and cheeseburger, and fresh, handmade chicken pot pies every Thursday.

When you visit the Char Broil today, you can see the whole family in action.  As soon as you walk in the door, you will see the “Host with the Most” Shawn as he finds you a table.  Tom and Mike head up the kitchen and the rotating list of daily special and fresh-made soups.  You might even see the 4th generation—Shawn’s young children, Michael and Lila— either helping to refill the salad bar or shadowing waitresses with a pretend order pad in hand.  

Not only is every Char Broil visit filled with fantastic, fresh food but it’s also filled with family. Join us today for the Fine Diner Experience we know you will love.