December 22, 2013

Dana's Downtown Grill open in city

PLATTSBURGH — A local restaurateur has opened his third establishment in the area.

Dana Poland opened Dana’s Downtown Grill in the former Livingood’s location at 14 Margaret St. on Dec. 13. Poland is also the owner of Dana’s Rusty Anchor on Route 9 in South Plattsburgh and Dana’s Cafe Mooney Bay on Point au Roche. 

He said the opening weekend was fantastic with many of his regular customers and some new faces.

Former owners moved

Poland jumped at the opportunity after he learned Livingood’s owners Matt and Jess Ray were moving to Peru in order to add a brewery to their restaurant.

“I’ve always been looking for a downtown spot,” he said. “I think this is a fantastic spot.”

The downtown location also provides an opportunity to stay open year-round, as the other two marina-based restaurants are seasonal.

Poland said his two chefs, Gil-Ho Borden and Jim Ashline, worked with him on the menu along with Manager Gary Morette. The goal was to bring in dishes from around the world that are not common in Plattsburgh.

There are prices for any wallet, from $9.99 up to $32.

Entrees include dishes such as pan-sauteed diver scallops with morel mushroom risotto, Oscar-style filet mignon topped with sweet Maryland crab and Bearnaise sauce and lobster macaroni and cheese. 

Burgers include a 1/2-pound angus burger with smoked cheddar, maple glaze, lettuce, tomato, onion and maple mayo, a bison burger with demi-glazed mushrooms, onions, Swiss cheese and horseradish mayo and a Cajun-seasoned alligator burger with chipotle mayo, lettuce and tomato.

There are 15 types of pizza as well as a build-your-own option. Appetizers include traditional favorites as well as fried calamari, Cajun-fried gator bites and mussels.

“We cover a wide range of different styles of cuisines. It shows in the plates we put out,” Borden said.

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