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Chip’s Place fills fresh fish void


POTSDAM — Several months ago, Charles L. “Chip” Giordano noticed a void in the local culinary scene.

After the closing of Angelo’s Fresh Seafood and the retirement of mobile seafood salesman Larry R. LaRue, residents of the community had few markets in which to purchase fresh fish.

Mr. Giordano says local supermarkets offer frozen fish but not fresh fish, leading Mr. Giordano’s grocery store/deli, Chip’s Place, to start taking weekly orders for fish.

The fresh seafood is trucked in every Friday from Boston.

Chip’s Place takes fish orders from Monday until 9 a.m. Thursday.

Delivery trucks travel to Boston Harbor on Thursday night, he said, and bring it back to the store by Friday.

Weekly offerings include mainstays such as haddock, salmon and shrimp and occasionally more obscure offerings like swordfish steaks or little neck clams.

To see the weekly fish selections, along with prices, search Chip’s Place/Spirits of Hannawa on Facebook.

“Any seafood that’s available I can get,” Mr. Giordano said.

Chip’s Place orders a surplus of fresh fish every week and typically has it in stock from Friday through Monday. Often the deli will offer a Friday lunch special on some kind of fish entree.

Chip’s Place offers a variety of other meats — both marinated and deli-style — in addition to sandwiches, subs, pizza, soups, groceries and spirits in Spirits of Hannawa in the rear of the building.

“I’ve been here a long time; now people are starting to notice,” Mr. Giordano said.

Chip’s Place is at 5853 Route 56, about 4 miles south of the village of Potsdam.

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