Plas Food & Drink Taking Over Former Home of The Table
Local Chef Jamie George is branching out on his own. George will bring three decades plus of industry experience, the last nine of which he spent at Z Cucina, to Plas Food & Drink.
With partners Eric Bearfield and Jackie Williams, Plas will open at 21 E. Fifth Ave. in Short North, the former home of The Table which closed and went up for sale last May.
The restaurant’s name is a play on a popular industry phrase “mise en place,” or everything in its place. For George, everything finally fell into place to bring his own vision to life. He says taking the leap has been a long time coming and it was just time for him personally, as a chef.
Plas will have a rustic, modern feel as the group makes some minor renovations to the space. George wants to create a casual, fine-dining environment where folks can have a relaxing, enjoyable meal. He sees something unique in the location, offering a quieter respite to the bustling High Street.
Having lived and worked in the area, George is excited to be opening his first restaurant in the Short North.
“I think the people around there appreciate good food,” George says.
While many of his years in the industry have been spent cooking Italian food, George says he doesn’t want to back himself in a corner with one style of cuisine. Instead, he describes Plas’ menu as “old world cuisine, new world approach.”
House-made cheese and charcuterie will be prominent on the menu. George says the “stellar” cheese program will include varieties like goat milk ricotta and other fresh, smoked and aged varieties. Diners can also expect unique cuts of meat. The menu is still coming together, but George is toying with dishes like a lamb neck ragu and short rib tagliatelle.
Plas will also dedicate a number of dishes to vegan and vegetarian fare – and that extends to the cheese and charcuterie selection. George is working on some vegan cheeses and vegan butchery for the menu.
While George handles things in the kitchen, business partners Bearfield and Williams are developing the craft cocktail menu and putting together a unique wine list.
George can’t wait for the restaurant to be successful and wildly busy, but says they are being mindful of the COVID-restricted environment the restaurant will be introduced into. They’ll focus on socially-distant table spacing and capacity. As George says, they can always make adjustments and add more seating when the time is right.
Plas Food & Drink is aiming for an April opening. The restaurant will serve dinner Monday through Saturday, opening at 5 p.m. and closing at 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on the weekend.
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