East Brookside’s Plate restaurant was so popular after opening in 2015, it soon expanded. But its ascent was abruptly shut down by a 2017 fire.
Now it plans to return to a much larger space nearby.
It is taking a 7,500-square-foot space in the new Brookside Modern West, at 701 E. 63rd St., for an April 12 opening — two years to the day after a fire destroyed its original home at 6201 Oak St.
Plate, a modern Italian restaurant, will have booths along the floor-to-ceiling windows facing 63rd Street, as well as the west wall, and a wrap-around patio. While the former location seated 85, the new location will seat 200 people — in the main dining room, on the patio, in a private dining room and at the central bar.
It will have an expanded menu for dinner and happy hour daily, and lunch Friday through Sunday. It will have about 75 employees.
The three-story building also has an adjacent two-story parking lot for 200 cars.
Cleveland Chiropractic College Health Center formerly occupied the space. The tile floor, which will be restored, features medical symbols, including a serpent wrapped around a staff and the R/x symbol in a mortar and pestle.
Owner Christian Joseph said he wanted to buy his original building on Oak and restore it but couldn’t work out a deal with his former landlord. He looked at other locations, including the former Houston’s spot on the Country Club Plaza, but really wanted to return to East Brookside.
“When we left that area we felt like a piece was missing,” Joseph said. “We just felt like we had such good support from the neighborhood when we were there.”
Christian and his wife, Andrea Joseph, opened the neighborhood favorite in late 2015 and thrived.
“We’re delighted to be the new home to Plate and think it is a terrific part of the expansion of the Brookside East corridor,” said Butch Rigby, developer of Brookside Modern East.