August 23, 2013

Chinese restaurant planned for Dame Motorsports site

PLATTSBURGH — A Chinese restaurant is planned for the Dame Motorsports property on Route 3 in the Town of Plattsburgh.

Sonam Dhargyal, owner of the China Buffet restaurant in Champlain, plans to open the Golden Palace in 6,373 square feet of the building. 

His daughter, Pema Dolkar, said they would like to open as soon as possible but still need to obtain a building permit and renovate the structure.

She said they won’t close the Champlain restaurant, which has been in operation since July 2010.

The Town of Plattsburgh Planning Board approved the project at its meeting this week. It has already received a variance for green-space deficiency and will now have about 11 percent of the parcel with some type of vegetation.


The buffet-style restaurant would have seating for 127 diners. 

The Golden Palace is expected to employ a chef, assistant chef and three waitstaff. Dolkar said the employees can help in any part of the restaurant, as needed.

The Plattsburgh menu is expected to be largely the same as the one in Champlain, she said, although some new dishes may be introduced.

Dolkar said her father has wanted to expand the business to Plattsburgh for some time. With the high traffic flow along Route 3, it will provide a chance to let more people enjoy the food they serve in Champlain.

“We will try our best to serve people, to put out the best quality food,” she said.


Dame Motorsports would retain about 3,186 square feet in the northern end of the building. Owner Mark Dame told the Planning Board that the business would remain there, at most, two to three months after the restaurant opens.

Dame said he is looking for a new location for Dame Motorsports. Once that is secured, the remaining space at the present location would be available for lease, he said.

He said he will continue to own the building and lease the restaurant space to Dhargyl. 

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