Opening a new business is always a risk, but that's what Kritziotis said Plattsburgh needs.
“Downtown needs people to take a risk,” he said. “What I want is to be a staple in Plattsburgh. I want to offer people something different to help bring them downtown so other businesses can grow, too. ”
The robust business Aleka’s has experienced might indicate that Kritziotis is succeeding at drawing people downtown, and the loyalty of his staff might be evidence that he is becoming a staple in the area, too.
Many of Kritziotis’ employees have worked for him for years, a notable feat in an industry where the turnover rate can be high.
Tyler Puchrik, head chef at Aleka’s, has worked for Kritziotis for 10 years.
Puchrik and most of Aleka’s staff pitched in to renovate the space in preparation for the restaurant’s grand opening.
“I’ve had to adjust to it being outrageously busy, but it’s been great,” Puchrik said. “We put a lot of heart into our food, and we want to make sure every single customer walks out of here happy.”
Aleka’s is located at 103 Margaret St. in Plattsburgh and is open every day.
Mon.-Wed, 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m.; Thurs. and Fri., 10:30 a.m.-midnight; Sat., 11 a.m.-midnight and Sun., noon-8 p.m.
For more information, call (518) 310-3200 or visit facebook.com/Alekasgrill