Plate opens Tuesday at 6201 Oak

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The lights were on, the front door was open and chef Brian Mehl — former executive sous chef at the Classic Cup — was back in the tiny kitchen, arranging pieces of pink grilled salmon with winter-squash puree and zucchini caponata.

Last night was the “friends and family” soft opening for Plate, the 49-seat bistro that owners Christian and Andrea Morrow Joseph have been planning for over a year in a former retail space at 6201 Oak. When the Josephs first discussed Plate with The Pitch this past August, they said they hoped to be open by early November. The actual open-to-the-public date is now set for Tuesday, December 1.

Until that date, Plate is utilizing an abbreviated “friends and family only” menu.

“It changes daily,” Christian Joseph says. “That way, we can run through the entire menu before the official opening night.”

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It’s not unusual for a restaurant to run a soft opening for nearly a week; a lot of kitchen and service kinks get worked out that way. Andrea Morrow Joseph isn’t giving up her day job to work in the restaurant, but because she owns and operates the housewares and gourmet food shop Season + Square, just around the corner at 6205 Oak, she’s always close by.

Christian Joseph, a sales executive, isn’t sure he’s going to give up his 9-to-5 job yet, either.

“We’ve got a great staff,” he says. “I’m impressed by how smooth everything runs.”

Christian Joseph says chef Mehl’s kitchen will be making most of Plate’s offerings — including all the pastas — from scratch.

“But not the bread,” he says. “Ibis Bakery is doing all of our breads.”

After December 2, Plate’s hours will be from 3 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

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