Saturday, December 31, 2016

Lake Placid restaurateur transitioning to life in Florida

Charlie Levitz
Charlie Levitz, the longtime Lake Placid chef-restaurateur, is in the process of transitioning his career to a less public level in Florida.

I ran into Levitz during the Christmas-New Year interim when he was back in the Greater Capital Region to handle a series of private events. Levitz, who was chef-owner of both the long-running Chair 6 and the shorter-run Charlie's -- and its T-Bar cocktail lounge -- restaurants in the Adirondacks village, told me his was in the process of completing a relocation to Stuart, FL.

"I've been working on setting up a business as a private and special events chef," he said. "It's not simple to reestablish in a new market, but it certainly is less stressful than handling the responsibilities of both owning and operating private restaurants in a seasonally-popular place."

Levitz, 62, a native of Albany, closed Charlie's several years ago and closed his more-successful Chair 6 last summer after a 15-year run to concentrate exclusively on his work as a private chef and on special event catering.

His recent move to Florida's Treasure Coast, he said, is because his mother lives there and his wife, Rachel, "loves living there."
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