PLATTSBURGH — The Great Adirondack Soup Company has relaunched a dinner menu, this time coupled with a beer and wine license.
Owners Chris and Laura Dominianni said dinner is available from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
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The evening atmosphere is quiet and casual, with ambient lighting and soft music.
“It’s very peaceful here at night,” Laura said.
The Dominiannis started the service last year, with a different menu every week. Several of the diners suggested it would be a lot better if they also offered beer and wine.
The restaurant now has a base menu of the previously popular entrees, augmented by specials that will change periodically.
“I’ve always wanted to expand on our soup and sandwich menu,” Chris said.
Local ingredients are used when possible, such as beef from Kilcoyne Farms in Brasher Falls.
Laura said steak frites and roasted garlic chicken penne are two of the more popular entrees.
All entrees include house salad, warm artisan bread and vegetable crudite.
There is one soup du jour and a North Country pho, a fragrant broth with rice noodles, scallions, bean sprouts, seasoned vegetables, fresh cilantro, lime and roasted peanuts, with choice of chicken, pork or tofu.
“They have pho restaurants up in Montreal. We decided to bring it to Plattsburgh,” Laura said.
The menu includes sandwiches, both a few of their classic lunch sandwiches and some new creations.
There are also dinner-sized salads and desserts.
The beer selection presently includes Stella Artois, Sierra Nevada, Shcoktop, Bass, Michelob Ultra and Magic Hat. Wines include chardonnay, pinot grigio, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, prosecco and chianti.
They also plan to offer wines from Champlain Wine Company in Plattsburgh, owned by Colin Read and Natalie Peck.
Diners can also bring their own wine, for a small corking fee. That fee is waived if the wine was purchased at the Champlain Wine Company, Laura said.
“That’s a nice collaboration with another small business,” she said.
The Great Adirondack Soup Company, celebrating its 10th anniversary, started on Clinton Street and moved to the present location at 24 Oak St. in 2005.
“It’s been really interesting watching the the transition of businesses that open downtown,” he said. “There are almost double the number of restaurants from when we started.”
She said they are also involved in the new First Weekends initiative. That attempt by the arts corridor and downtown businesses to attract more visitors on the first Friday and Saturday of each month through September brought crowds on its first event, held last Friday and Saturday.
The Dominiannis are planning a 10th-anniversary celebration, tentatively scheduled for June 23 or 30, as a way to thank their customers for their loyalty.
“Our customer base has been very faithful,” Chris said.
For menus and daily specials, visit www.greatadksoup.com.