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Emily Fesette, a bartender at Chefy's Bar and Grill, prepares the new establishment at 124 Margaret St. in downtown Plattsburgh for business. Proprietor Chris "Chefy" Duquette, who also owns Duke's Diner on Tom Miller Road in Plattsburgh, has turned the former Red's location into a sports bar with flat-screen televisions and sports memorabilia. The restaurant there is scheduled to open in January. (P-R Photo/Gabe Dickens)

Chefy's Bar and Grill fills long-vacant spot


PLATTSBURGH — The bar at Chefy’s Bar and Grill has opened in downtown Plattsburgh; the restaurant is slated to get rolling in January.

The business, located at 124 Margaret St., is a new venture of Chris “Chefy” Duquette, who has owned Duke’s Diner, now located at 8 Tom Miller Road in Plattsburgh, for 15 years.

“This has been about a year in progress,” he said of Chefy’s.

The downtown location was most recently a restaurant called Red’s, which closed a couple of years ago. That was preceded by Maggie’s, Huxleigh’s and Carburs, with the latter being the most long-lived. 

Duquette said the fact that he has had a restaurant in Plattsburgh for 15 years and has developed a loyal local following should help his new venture succeed where some others have not.

“When I opened the first one, people said I wouldn’t last six months,” he said. “I’m still standing, and a lot of the other ones aren’t.”

It should also help that Chefy’s won’t open until 4 p.m., Duquette said, so there should be plenty of parking available after the Clinton County Government Center closes.

The restaurant is likely to feature steaks, salads and appetizers, as well as burgers and sandwiches. Duquette said he plans to offer hearty portions at affordable prices, and catering will also be available.

The bar area has been renovated to offer a sports-bar atmosphere, with eight flat-screen televisions with satellite service and sports memorabilia. Duquette plans to have live music in the near future.

There will be two happy hours daily — from 4 to 6 p.m. and 9 to 11 p.m.

The restaurant and bar have a combined capacity of 168 people. Duquette said there were well over 100 when he held a Toys for Tots event for the Clinton County Christmas Bureau on Dec. 14.

He has hosted that event for several years and has about 50 locations where they accept donations throughout the community.


Chefy’s presently has four employees, which should increase to 15 to 20 once the restaurant is up and running, Duquette said. That has been delayed as he waits for new kitchen equipment to arrive.

Duke’s Diner will remain open, he said, and business tripled there after his move to Tom Miller Road from the Clinton Street location five years ago.

A native of Plattsburgh, he attended culinary school at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, R.I. He returned to Plattsburgh and started Duke’s Diner in 1998.

Outgoing Mayor Donald Kasprzak welcomed Duquette’s return to downtown Plattsburgh.

“I’m very pleased that Chefy has invested and opened a downtown business,” he said. “I wish him the best, and I am confident that the restaurant will be very popular.”

Chefy’s Bar and Grill is open from 4 p.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday. Payment is by cash, check, credit and debit cards.

The website is being updated and will include a menu once it is finalized. 

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