PLATTSBURGH - It certainly isn't you're ordinary taco joint.
Cheechako Taco, which celebrated its first year anniversary in May, offers food that is far different from national chains, according to new owner Jamse Ward.
"Everything we have is fresh," he said. "We make all of the salsa, guacamole, chicken salad ... every sauce or anything that you can get that is prepared here is fresh."
Ward took over ownership of Cheechako Taco from Lori and Rick Liebowitz July 1. When Lori Liebowitz first mentioned to Ward she was considering selling Cheechako Taco, he knew he wanted to buy it.
"It was a joke at first," he recalled. "But, then when it became more of a reality, we said, 'Okay, let's do this.'"
Though Ward is excited about his new business venture, he said there are no plans to change the food, just enhance it.
"Plans for integrating organic food are in the works," he said. "Because we want to try to do a special on organic beef and possibly chicken if I can get it from Conroy's [Organics]. We also are going to offer vegan options shortly."
There are some other changes that may be seen at the restaurant, located at 87 Margaret St. But, they are ones patrons will be happy about.
Cheechako Taco will now be open Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and hours will be extended from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays. Monday through Friday they are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. as well. Ward is also considering the idea of a late night when college gets back in session.
They are now also delivering to anywhere in the city limits, with a $25 minimum order.
However, don't expect to see a delivery car heading up your driveway. Instead, you'll see a moped, which Ward says gets about 100 miles to the gallon. Something important to the business.
"We try to stay green," he said. "We recycle everything that we can. It's small things like that that will make a big difference in the end for us and everyone else."
Ward is also looking into more eco-friendly packaging and considering the idea of a hydroponic herb garden.
Healthy food options is one thing that first drew Ward to the business.
"I was probably their most, or second most reliable customer," he said. "Day in and day out since they opened. I love the food and it's one of the healthiest things that you can eat downtown."
"It's one of the most affordable for the amount of food that you're getting," Ward added. "And variation. You can get something different everyday."
Cheechako Taco can be reached at 561-0559.