The Evolution Of Bill Gray’s Irondequoit: A Family-Friendly Restaurant Chain

The Evolution Of Bill Gray's Irondequoit

Bill Gray’s Henrietta, Bill Gray’s Irondequoit is a chain of restaurants based in Webster, New York (a suburb of Rochester, New York) that currently has 14 restaurants in the Rochester area in western New York, including seven tap room-style restaurants, and one tavern-style grill named Flaherty’s.

Ten of these locations also sell Abbott’s Frozen Custard


In the spring of 1938 a young family man, working at Eastman Kodak Company for 17 cents an hour, decided he needed to supplement his income to support his family. He accomplished this by working weekends selling hot dogs and soda pop out of a small road side road sider his home in Webster, NY.


That young man’s name is Bill Gray now owner off Bill Gray’s Henrietta, Bill Gray’s Irondequoit. Bill and his wife Alberta worked as many as eighteen hours per day on the weekends to maintain their fledgling business.

Four years later, making more money on the weekends than he did at his full-time job at Kodak, Bill decided to go into the restaurant business full time. This is the story of how Bill Gray’s Henrietta and Bill Gray’s Irondequoit got their start.


Bill And Alberta

Now that Bill and Alberta were able to devote all of their time to their small restaurant business, good things began to happen. They were able to expand the size of their restaurant, add items to their menu (like ground steak sandwich cheese burgers, French fries, etc.), attract a lot of new customers, and


add several family members, eleven children in all !! While providing exceptional customer service, Bill Gray’s Henrietta and Bill Gray’s Irondequoit prospered and grew with the passing years. The Gray family operated out of the original location on Ridge Road in Webster until 1959. They then moved to a larger, more modern facility on East Henrietta Road in the town of Henrietta, called the “Round-Up”.

Bill left the Henrietta restaurant to take a position with a long-time friend and Webster neighbor, Bruce Hagedorn.

In 1965, Bill And Bruce Joined The Forces

and formed a partnership and a corporation called Bill Gray’s Incorporated, and opened a brand new Bill Gray’s Henrietta, Bill Gray’s Irondequoit on Route 104 in Ontario. That same year Bill opened a second location on Culver Rd. in Sea Breeze.

For the next twelve years Bill, Alberta, and several members of the family worked to make Bill Gray’s Henrietta, Bill Gray’s Irondequoit one of the most popular restaurants in the Rochester area by using the same commitment to quality and customer service that Bill Gray established in 1938.

With Popularity And Success Came Expansion.

In 1978, Bill Gray’s opened its third location on Hard Rd. in Webster, only a few hundred yards from the original Bill Gray’s location. Over the next thirty years, Bill Gray’s added, (and sometimes subtracted), locations to where it currently operates 16 locations in the Rochester and Buffalo areas.

Throughout the years, Bill Gray’s Henrietta, and Bill Gray’s Irondequoit took great pride in the business he started way back in 1938. Although Bill and Alberta have both passed away, Their entrepreneurial spirit lives on in the family, owners, and staff who now operate the company.

Host A Fundraiser Night At Bill Gray’s

Need New Uniforms? Extra Money For A School Trip?

Bill Gray wants to have a Fundraiser to help you!

Your organization can come in and host an event with friends & family.

The Location Is The Worst

This location is the worst of all Bill Gray’s Henrietta, Bill Gray’s Irondequoit. 3 of us stopped here yesterday for lunch and everything was screwed up. All the toppings on our burgers were wrong, the oil for the French fries was bad and tasted like fish and one of my friends got sick an hour after we got home. My other friend had a stomach ache all night too.


I have been to almost all of the other locations and never had an issue with any of them. The only problems I have run into are at the Irondequoit location.


This was my first time coming to Bill Gray’s with my family and it was a great experience. Everything was delicious…I had the chicken parmigiana sandwich, my son had a cheeseburger and my husband had the garbage plate.


The garbage plate is new because we’re from Miami, Florida and we never heard of that. But we will come back.

Its Bill Grays

Since Bill Gray’s Henrietta and Bill Gray’s Irondequoit are familiar, we chose this establishment for a quick dinner. Smaller than the other Bill Grays we have been to. The garbage plate was less than desired. It was one like I have never had before. There were not a lot of portions to hold it together, it was “sloppy”

Great Hot Sauce

The Bacon Cheeseburger was pretty good. The cheeseburger on a hard roll with everything was good. The hot sauce topped it off! The fries were OK. Could’ve been crispier. Of course, Abbott’s chocolate almond custard was full of almonds!! Its was extremely hit yummy with Bill Grays Coupon discounts

15% Of The Sales That You Bring In Will Be Donated To Your Organization.

The more people you invite to your Bill Gray’s Henrietta, Bill Gray’s Irondequoit fundraiser, the better!

Enjoy a “World’s Greatest Cheeseburger” while raising money for a good cause!


 It’s Easy:


  • Contact the General Manager of your preferred location
  • Choose a night (Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday from 4:30-8:30)
  • Let us know what your fundraiser is for
  • Create flyers to invite friends & family
  • A check will be mailed to your organization within 10 business days



  • Brockport4647 South Lake Rd

Brockport, NY 14420



  • Chili3240 Chili Ave

Rochester, NY 14624


  • Gates2987 Buffalo Rd

Rochester, NY 14624



  • Greece – Latta Rd2050 Latta Rd

Rochester, NY 14612



  • Greece – N Greece Rd1177 North Greece Rd

Rochester, NY 14626



  • Henrietta1225 Jefferson Rd

Rochester, NY 14623


  • Irondequoit869 East Ridge Rd

Rochester, NY 14621


  • Ontario364 Route 104

Ontario, NY 14519



  • Penfield1650 Penfield Rd

Rochester, NY 14625



  • Regional Iceplex2700 Brighton-Henrietta TL Rd

Rochester, NY 14623



  • Seabreeze4870 Culver Rd

Rochester, NY 14622



  • Webster941 Hard Rd

Webster, NY 14580


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