CHAZY — The Cattle Barn Pub & Grill here is expected to open by July 1, offering a new place to grab a bite and a pint.
Located at 9654 Route 9, adjacent to Hairstyles Unlimited in the hamlet of Chazy, it was once home to Mousseau's Pharmacy and most recently occupied by Plattsburgh Medical Care.
The pub recently received full approval from the Chazy Town Planning Board, said Veronica Brasdat, clerk for building codes and planning.
She said, as with most new businesses, the project required certain approvals and permits before any work could begin.
"You don't want someone to go into your house and start work before some planning is done," Brasdat said.
Penny and Robert Armstrong, who co-own the business, are doing some planning of their own.
"We are working hard every day," she said.
Renovations are under way.
Tearing down the walls in the former doctor's office was the first step, and adding a kitchen, new floors, wall coverings, flooring and lighting followed.
The new red-oak-topped bar, finished in a golden mahogany, will be a centerpiece at the new pub.
Mrs. Armstrong is confident patrons will enjoy the new setting and the amenities they plan to offer.
"Our menu will be more pub or bar food," she said. "We are also planning on having a noontime special, like soup and a sandwich. It will be nice."
Mrs. Armstrong said the menu will include pizza made fresh in their new pizza ovens, wings, french fries, onion rings, burgers, michigans and poutine.
There will also be a popcorn machine, pool table, foosball, a jukebox and darts to keep everyone busy, she said.
The location will comfortably seat 100 people, and Mrs. Armstrong said there will be plenty of space for private parties.
"We are also planning on being open seven days a week," she said.
The hours of operation will most likely be 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to midnight Sundays.
"By law, we can stay open until 2 a.m. but we will most likely be closing around midnight every night," she said.
The pub will serve food from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sundays.
"We will have high-top seating and bar stools available for dining," she said.
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Mrs. Armstrong said she and her husband will run the restaurant, but they will also employ a full-time cook, part-time cook and two bartenders.
The couple are looking to make a return to the hospitality business after running their own business some years ago, and Mrs. Armstrong was laid off from her job at Wyeth Pharmaceuticals.
"We ran the Mechanics Inn (in Champlain) for about three and half years. We were approached to sell with a great deal, so we did," she said.
She said her husband, who used to manage the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post in Champlain, is very excited to get the restaurant open.
The building is owned by Pete and Denise Garnot; she said the Armstrongs are in the process of buying the building, which includes an upstairs apartment.
— Staff Photographer Kelli Catana contributed to this report