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December 16, 2012

Business briefs: Dec. 16, 2012

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Originally from Farmington, N.H., Rich was the only American chef to receive the recognition this year. Also named Rising Star winners were Tunis Siigur of The Three Sisters in Estonia and Martijn Kajuiter of The Cliff House Hotel in Ireland. With this award, Relais & Châteaux acknowledges the chefs’ superiority within the industry.

At Artisans Restaurant, the lodge’s signature eatery, Rich and his team offer a full a la carte and seven-course tasting menu based on the freshest regional ingredients, true farm to table cuisine. The menu is seasonally inspired and New American in tradition, but voyages wonderfully and mysteriously into the world beyond, the judges found. Rich brings several years of culinary experience to Lake Placid Lodge, most recently serving as chef de cuisine at the Asana restaurant at the Mandarin Oriental in Boston, Mass.

Shopping nights

SARANAC LAKE — Many downtown retailers will have extended hours until 7 p.m. each Friday before Christmas, according to the Village of Saranac Lake Downtown Committee 

The hours are designed to make local holiday shopping easier for residents and visitors. These businesses will join several that are normally open later. Participating businesses include Major Plowshares, Casier Furniture, the Community Store, Two Horse Trade Company, Piece by Piece Studio, Nori’s Village Market, Goody Goody’s, Rice Furniture, Small Fortune Studio, Blueline Sports and Upscale Resale. Downtown restaurants will be open later as usual.

The Dec. 6 shopping night coincided with the Annual Tree lighting Ceremony in Berkeley Green, Sparkle Village at the Harrietstown Town Hall, and the 1st Annual Holiday Art Stroll.

For updates on other events or announcements in downtown Saranac Lake, visit www.facebook.com/downtownsaranaclake or www.downtownsaranaclake.com.

Bank award

UTICA — Adirondack Bank has been awarded a Four-Star Excellent rating and placed on BauerFinancial Inc.’s Recommended Bank Report based on data from the third quarter of 2012. This marks the 24th consecutive quarter that the bank has earned this distinction, indicating that Adirondack Bank is safe, financially sound and is operating well above its regulatory capital requirements.

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