SOUTHINGTON — A local family is working to open a West Street restaurant that will offer Polish dishes to go.
Radoflaw and Margaret Kopacz and their daughter Edyta Kopacz hope to open Polish Plate at 1095 West St. by November.
Most of the food will be prepared so there’s no waiting whether customers want to eat in or take the food home or to work.
“You don’t have to wait around, you can just come and grab,” Margaret Kopacz said. “We’re excited and we see people are excited too.”
Polish Plate will offer traditional foods such as pierogi, mashed potatoes with different kinds of meat and golumpki, a stuffed cabbage dish.
Certain foods best eaten shortly after cooking, such as deep-fried pierogis and potato pancakes, will be available for order, according to Margaret Kopacz.
She’s a Hartford Healthcare accountant and Radoslaw Kopacz owns a construction company. The couple’s busy lives and Polish heritage helped them come up with the concept for the restaurant.
Polish Plate will be open from shortly before lunch to around 6 or 7 p.m. That allows working parents to grab healthy dinners for their family, Margaret Kopacz said.
“It’s really difficult to come up with a decent dinner,” she said. “If you can grab something and put it on the table and eat with your family, it’s a good thing… That was the idea, to make people’s lives a little bit easier.”
Edyta Kopacz, a graphic designer, has helped with promotions and other materials.
“I’m working on the menu right now and the website,” she said.
Edyta Kopacz has worked as a server at area restaurants including a Polish restaurant in New Britain. She’ll be joining her parents in working at the restaurant on weekends once it’s open.
“It’s exciting,” she said.
Both Radoflaw and Margaret Kopacz moved from Poland about 20 years ago.
The restaurant is in a commercial plaza built by local developer Mark Lovley. It includes other restaurants and medical offices near the Courtyard by Marriott.