At one time, located right in the middle of the current entrance to the village office complex parking lot, was one of the three hotels once located in the village, the Mauro Hotel. The other two were the early Perinton Hotel at the end of Main Street and the Despatch Hotel on the corner of Main and Commercial streets. Howard Wood had his pharmacy on its first floor. Later, the Rialto Theater was converted to The Capri Apartments, but it was not classified as a hotel.
Originally run by Patsy Mauro and his wife, Philomena, who were the parents of four sons: Joe; Nick, better known as “Jeepo”; Carl; and Steve. Their daughters included Rose and Angelina — Angie. Patsy was known as Rochester’s watermelon king. His trademark was a polished black derby hat. He ran a fruit market on State Street across from the Kodak office building and down Platt Street to where the Genesee River catapults its waters over the fabled waterfalls. When Mauro and his family came to East Rochester, they became the owners of a red brick building at 128 W. Commercial St.
Their purchase previously contained the first Chevrolet Auto Agency, operated by the late Walter Hoselton Sr. He later relocated to the corner of Madison and East Commercial streets. Hoselton’s current business has grown into one of the largest auto sales business in New York State. After Hoselton moved to East Commercial Street, the building was occupied by many other businesses including Danny’s Pool Parlor. Eli Palma ran another pool parlor down on the 100 block of Main Street about the same time.
Patsy Mauro’s dream was to build a new building adjoining the older one. He imported white ceramic faced brick from his native Italy to build an attractive structure, adorned at the top with a balcony containing a ceramic lion statue.
On the first floor of the building was the bar and separate dining room. Angie Mauro was the chief in charge of food in the hotel. When their son Joe took over the operation of the hotel from Patsy, and when prohibition came to an end, a bar was installed. A nickel would buy you a cold 12-ounce glass of beer along with pretzels and peanuts. In the basement, Joe ran an Athletic Club for a short time. He also was vital in bringing football to the local high school in 1929.
The two structures were devoured by the Urban Renewal bulldozer in the early 1970’s.