Two veteran caterers, tired of turning out food for 200-plus crowds over their 40-year careers, are downsizing considerably with the cozy-chic Park Plates, which opens Tuesday across from CreekSide Co-Op (7852 Montgomery Ave., Elkins Park, 215-782-3663, www.parkplatesrestaurant.com).
Culinary Institute of America grads Locke Johnston and Owen Lee will share cooking, though Johnston plans to be more customer-facing at their Mediterranean/Middle Eastern-leaning BYOB. (Lee had left catering 13 years ago to open Cibucan in Center City.)
The space, formerly the short-lived Whistle Stop Cafe, has two dining rooms and a room for private parties and retail.
It will serve dinner Tuesday to Saturday. Figure on entrees priced from $15 to $20. Sample dishes: roasted cauliflower with capers, eggplant, lemon and eggplant crisps; pan-roasted, house-smoked salmon on rye with fennel curls and preserved lemon aioli; lamb and zucchini kofta with olives, yogurt and mint; and semolina cake with candied carrots, dates, cardamom syrup, and goat cream.