One Federal in St. Albans had a desirable problem last summer. According to chef-owner Marcus Hamblett, the restaurant was simply too full on weekend nights, especially during its 15-week-long concert series. The solution: Get a second place.
On Monday, Hamblett and his wife, Erika, opened the Clubhouse Restaurant & the 19th Hole Lounge at the Champlain Country Club in Swanton. The new eatery will bring Hamblett’s garden-fresh food to a new audience of members and nonmembers alike. His six-acre farm will soon provide all the vegetables at the Clubhouse, which the Hambletts are currently renting just for the season. The chef and some of his kitchen staff will split their time between the two locations.
Hamblett describes the menu as “Chef Marcus’ fun food,” though the only item it shares with One Federal’s is the signature “frickles,” or fried pickles. New offerings include breakfast served all day, starting at 7 a.m., and entrées such as chicken Cordon Bleu, steak frites and onion rings with lime dipping sauce.
Diners can enjoy the fare inside or out, with a view of all 18 holes, or get sandwiches (or pasta) delivered anywhere on the links.