SOUTHINGTON — The kitchen at Polish Plate restaurant was cooking up a steady stream of potato pancakes, fried pierogies, meatballs and crepes Tuesday afternoon to an equally steady stream of customers.
Customers compared Polish Plate favorably to restaurants in New Britain’s “Little Poland” and said it was Polish dishes “done right.”
“Just like mom made,” said Mary Beth Mackiewicz of Bristol.
“We get that a lot,” said Margaret Kopacz, the restaurant owner along with her husband Radoslaw Kopacz. The couple grew up in Poland and wanted to bring traditional ethnic dishes to Southington. The restaurant opened Saturday at 1095 West St., next to Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen and the Courtyard by Marriott.
Polish Plate’s opening was much anticipated and nearly overwhelmed the staff.
“We were completely slammed. It’s been lines out the door.” Margaret Kopacz said. “Our chefs are trying as hard as they can. They’re working so hard.”
She’s working on adding employees but is particular with her chef hires.
“They need to know Polish food. It’s specific food,” Margaret Kopacz said.
Radoslaw Kopacz, a contractor, made the tables, benches and wood counter for the restaurant. The couple’s daughter, Edyta Jezewska, designed the logo featuring Poland’s outline and utensils featured on the restaurant’s sign and shirts.
On Tuesday, Mackiewicz ordered potato pancakes. She’s happy to have a nearby option for Polish food.
“There aren’t a lot of Polish restaurants. This is nice,” she said.
The restaurant doesn’t deliver but has nearly all its foods available to go. Margaret Kopacz said providing quality meals for busy families is part of the restaurant’s goal.
Polish Plate is the first restaurant venture for the couple. Margaret Kopacz is a Hartford Healthcare accountant.
She’s pleased with the response since opening.
“People are happy,” she said. “We have a good crowd.”