By Maureen Werther
Chelsey Barrett and her husband, Claude, are excited about the upcoming opening of their eatery, Bonnie and Clyde’s Gourmet on the Run at 25 Feeder St. in Hudson Falls.
The husband-and-wife team have been creating culinary magic together for the past several years, but this is their first take-out restaurant venture as owners.
Both Claude and Chelsey have extensive experience in the restaurant business. Claude Barrett, who is self-taught, has been cooking since the age of 16 and was executive chef at Luisa’s Italian Bistro in South Glens Falls for 14 years. Chelsey received her culinary training under the expert eye of Ian Monahan, executive chef of Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
Chelsey, who is originally from Texas, relocated to Glens Falls area in 2011 and began working at Luisa’s as Claude’s sous chef. And the rest, as they say, is history.
For the past three years, the couple ran “Top of the World” restaurant overlooking Lake George. For two and a half of those years, they have been cooking up their plan to open their own restaurant.
“We both have always loved the story of Bonnie and Clyde,” said Chelsey. They did their research about the notorious couple and began developing their menu and putting together their theme for a restaurant.