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Town Board learns of a second restaurant opening

NORTH CREEK Just as the lights were about to go out in North Creek, the tide has begun to turn. The sudden closure of the Copperfield in November and the closure of Caseys North after the summer season left a gaping hole in the North Creek restaurant/tavern scene. But two weeks ago, two Glens Falls-area women announced to the Town Board that they were preparing to reopen Caseys North, the landmark Route 28 eatery that closed after the summer season and had been for sale. This past Tuesday at the Town Board meeting, town leaders learned that the former IGA store on Main Street is being renovated into a new wine bar and small plate restaurant. Michael Bowers told the board via letter that the building had been subdivided into two apartments upstairs and two retail businesses on the main floor. Bowers said that in reviewing the needs in the community, it became clear that with the closing of the Copperfield, there was an opportunity for a bar and restaurant offering. Bowers said the wine bar will operate under the business entity Bar Vino LLC. Tuesday, the town board granted Bowers a waiver of the 30-day waiting period for a liquor license application. Bower explained to the board that he wanted to move quickly to open the business so as to take advantage of the winter ski season. The small plate concept is a relatively new trend where restaurants offer what are essentially large appetizers that customers group together to create an entire meal. According to registered dietician Frances Largeman, while most fish, meat or poultry servings in main dishes are six to eight ounces, the protein serving on a small plate is more like three ounces. Along with the smaller serving of meat or seafood, the small plate is garnished with a vegetable and a starch. The small plate concept offers diners greater flexibility, Largeman said, and allows them the opportunity to sample several menu items during the same dining experience.

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