LAKE GEORGE - Food with a south-of-the-border flair has come to northern Canada Street.
Ray Perry and Brett Lange have opened Pablo's Burrito Cantina at 275 Canada St., across from Shepard Park.
Pablo's specializes in generous portions of hearty Mexican fare, served in a casual atmosphere, at moderate prices.
Lange is owner of Christie's and S.J. Garcia's, two well-established restaurants that are enjoying success. Perry is the former owner of the local hardware store and is handy at construction, as well as serving on the Lake George Village board.
Pablo's is occupying the building that once housed a submarine sandwich shop, as well as two remaining businesses, Magic Castle Indoor Miniature Golf & Amusement Rides and Shady Business, a sunglass and novelty shop.
According to Perry, he and Lange bought the building, and sought to boost the traffic with an enticing cuisine.
"We say that Pablo's represents a food revolution," he said, noting the Cantina has a wide offering of Mexican-American fare rather than Italian food, which prevails in Lake George Village.
Pablo's offers chicken fingers as well as tacos, Fajitas bowls and other Mexican specialties to complement its burritos stuffed with fresh ingredients.
The attraction of Pablo's goes beyond its food, as its festive patio is right across from Shepard Park, so those dining outside have a prime location for listening to the concerts regularly held in the park, or merely enjoying the pastime of people-watching.
"We offer a tropical, Fiji cantina atmosphere," Perry said, noting Pablo's was likely to obtain its liquor license soon. "We have that Jimmy Buffett feeling."
Perry said his and Lange's building is positioned right in the middle of the new streetscape enhancement project, and Pablo's is likely to add to it, while benefiting from the sidewalk upgrades that are coming soon.
"Bringing in new life to a dark block will help everyone," he said. "And with the wider, more attractive sidewalks that are planned, this side of the street will be more inviting for families to walk through."
Pablo's not only encourages sit-down dining and take-out from 11 a.m. to late night, but they're offering curbside service, Perry said.
"Call us at 685-5444, pull up in a vehicle to our curb, and we'll run the food out to you," he said.