July 7, 2013

Latitude 44 has successful first year

PLATTSBURGH — Changes in latitude, without changes in attitude.

Chef and owner David Allen said he opened Latitude 44, located at 5131 U.S. Ave., in May 2012.

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“We’ve been well received,” he said.

It has since doubled in size, both in its capacity and staff.

“We started with 42 seats. Now, we can seat 90,” he said. “We have 18 employees now.”

Recently renovated

Allen started the latest renovations in January, which took about two months. They resulted in a modern decor, with warm colors and textures.

Hardwood flooring is featured extensively, and a large saltwater aquarium makes an interesting backdrop. There is even a private room with seating for 32 for meetings and special events.

There are a couple of lounge areas, with arm chairs. Allen said those make a nice place to relax or to wait for the rest of your party to arrive.

“It makes it feel more like a home environment,” he said.

The menu features moderate-priced entrees to more elegant dishes. Everything is prepared fresh, Allen said, and he aims to have something for all tastes.

One of the big sellers is a grilled chicken and chorizo sandwich with aged cheddar cheese and chipotle mayo. 

The restaurant’s macaroni and cheese features smoked gouda and pancetta.

“It’s very rich,” Allen said.

Specials featured

Many of their patrons are repeat customers, stopping by two or three times a week. Because of that, the chefs try to have a variety of specials in addition to the regular menu.

That recently included a lobster poutine.

Other choices include a number of fare-you-can-share selections, such as coconut-crusted shrimp with ginger dipping sauce, fried calamari with chipotle dipping sauce and bacon-wrapped scallop skewers with apricot-hot pepper glaze.

“I love it when customers order a lot of food, then share and discuss it with each other,” Allen said.

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