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July 7, 2013

Latitude 44 has successful first year

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PLATTSBURGH —

The menu also includes soups, salads, flatbread pizzas and desserts.

Allen said he likes to support local farmers. He is at the Plattsburgh Farmers and Crafters Market every Saturday, and also is a big supporter of Cornell Cooperative Extension and Adirondack Harvest.

“I try to use as much local produce as I can here,” he said.

Latitude 44 has a full liquor license. Allen said that only took about two weeks.

Brunch on Sunday

The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Friday and for dinner only on Saturday. Allen said they serve brunch on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“Chef Bevan oversees that. He does a wonderful job with it,” he said.

A graduate of New England Culinary Institute, Allen has held a number of jobs in the food industry, including in the Nutrition Department at Fletcher Allen Health Care.

He also worked in the 13 restaurants at the Breakers resort in West Pal Beach, Fla.

Another chef, Bevan Gertsch-Cochran, is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.

The chance to work with chefs with that type of background has helped attract chefs who are passionate about the industry, Allen said.

“It’s fun to work with some who loves to do this,” he said.

Latitude 44 also offers catering. Allen said he has a lot of events scheduled, which is a surprise so early in the restaurant’s existence.

“There’s been amazing word of mouth,” Allen said.

Plentiful parking

Parking has not been an issue, as the lot meets the restaurant’s needs. There is also additional parking across the street on U.S. Oval and at Skyway Shopping Center.

“A lot of other restaurants have struggled here. We’ve done well,” Allen said.

He leases the building.

“Peter Whitbeck has been the best landlord you could ever have,” Allen said.

Latitude 44 accepts cash, checks and credit cards, but doesn’t accept reservations. For more information, visit www.latitude44bistro.com or call 310-1311.

Email Dan Heath:dheath@pressrepublican.com

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