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ROUSES POINT - Many people are familiar with the well-established Mexican restaurant The Smoked Pepper, located in Plattsburgh. Now, the restaurant's owner and head chef, Mark Castro, is adding another restaurant to his menu.

In the former Ole Tymes Cafe location, Castro will open the Lake Street Cafe and Grill as well as the Lake Street Bakery, at 90-92 Lake St.

"Two separate entities with both working together," Castro explained of the businesses. "The bakery will supply products for that restaurant and also desserts for The Smoked Pepper."

The bakery will also feature artisan breads utilizing natural products from local mills.

As for the restaurant, the best way Castro could describe the food was "comfort food with a twist."

"It won't be abnormal when lobsters are in season to walk in and see lobster macaroni and cheese on the menu," he explained.

Castro said the restaurant will also have family-style dinners on Sundays.

"After church or after sports events with the kids, you can come in, sit down ... and we'll serve you dinner on platters just like you were at home," he said.

"It opens up another creative venue for us," Castro added. "And don't be surprised if you see us sneak a couple of Smoked Pepper items on the menu."

Castro said he will also offer take out and delivery, including "home meal replacement."

"Our idea is to be able to offer a dinner for four, take out," he said. "Soup or salad, entree, vegetable, starch for four people, for $25."

The idea of having a comfort food restaurant in Rouses Point was something Castro felt there was a demand for.

"We want to give something back to Rouses Point that was there before in Ole Tymes," he said. "They've always served comfort food there. The old railroaders used to eat their breakfast in there every morning. We don't want to change that."

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