SOUTHINGTON — Workers rolled ovens, display cases and refrigerators into Polish Plate on Monday in preparation for the West Street restaurant’s opening next month.
Owners Radek and Margaret Kopacz are securing final town and state approvals and hope to start on Nov. 16. The couple said there’s been a lot of interest.
“People were coming in today thinking we were open,” Radek Kopacz said Monday.
Workers were building a freezer in the back of the restaurant. The couple is renting space at a newly-constructed building at 1095 West St. next to Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen and the Courtyard by Marriott.
The couple grew up in Poland and will be serving classic Polish foods, such as potato pancakes, pierogi, mashed potatoes with different kinds of meat, and golumpki, a stuffed cabbage dish. Margaret Kopacz, a Hartford Healthcare accountant, said the restaurant will serve prepared foods to go for lunch or dinner. There will be tables for dine-in customers as well.
“The majority of the food will be grab and go,” Margaret Kopacz said. “From the heating tables, people will be able to pick up food, eat here, or their offices.”
Radek Kopacz, a contractor, built the counters, benches, tables and wood paneling in the restaurant. Both he and his wife have said starting a restaurant has been fun but exhausting since they also have other jobs.
The couple’s daughter, Edyta Kopacz, is a graphic designer. She designed the restaurant’s logo – white utensils on the red outline of Poland. Edyta Kopacz will also help design the menu, which is still being finalized.
Last week, the Zoning Board of Appeals gave the couple approval for beer and wine sales inside and on a patio outside of the restaurant.
The patio will have ten seats and be surrounded by a fence. Radek Kopacz said he’ll probably build it next year when the weather gets warmer.
The restaurant will open on a Saturday, which the couple anticipates will be a slower day. There will be a soft opening a few days prior for friends and family.
“We have so much interest we want to be on the safe side,” Margaret Kopacz said.