By Jill Nagy
After nearly three years in Glens Falls, Dizzy Chicken is shifting its restaurant operations to a newer outlet in Saratoga Springs.
The Glens Falls site, at 72 South St., will be devoted exclusively to a catering facility.
Justin Bartlett, co-owner with his wife, Annamaria, attributed the change to a poor location and lack of parking in Glens Falls.
“The business was not large enough to merit keeping it going,” he said. The Saratoga restaurant opened in August 2017 and is “going well,” he said, “and kind of met our expectations for the winter.”
He describes Dizzy Chicken’s offerings as “barbecue with a twist, a little bit of a Mediterranean influence.”
They smoke their own meat, bake their own focaccia bread and make their own mozzarella cheese. Sauces and dressings and most desserts are also made in-house, he added.
The pricing structure, he said, “is good for people who are here year-round.”
The Saratoga restaurant is located at 102 Congress St., near the Embassy Suites. It can seat 67 inside the restaurant and 20 more outdoors, weather permitting. Parking is available in back of the restaurant. They offer take-out and delivery as well as eat-in service.
They are open Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. “Sunday is our family day, our day to get to church,” he said, but they may break that rule during track season.
Bartlett shares cooking duties with Shane Wilbur. Annamaria works out front and takes care of the business end of things. There are a total of 18 employees.
Meanwhile, in Glens Falls, the catering business has “really grown” and that facility will become a full-time catering location. Catering will be off site only. Bartlett anticipates serving groups of 100 or more.
The facility has all new equipment and is “ready to go” if circumstances change. If, for example, plans for a nearby farmers’ market in Glens Falls materialize—with parking—materialize, “all we have to do is open the door.”
Dizzy Chicken can be reached at (518) 583-4099. Its website is www.dizzychickenrotisserie.com.