Nuggets Food News: Hatch opens soon, Cafe Plaid sets opening

click to enlarge Nuggets Food News: Hatch opens soon, Cafe Plaid sets opening
Mark Hancock
Hatch, a new restaurant on Auto Alley next to Broadway Chop House, under construction, 9-1-15.

Hatched plan

The team behind Broadway 10 Bar & Chophouse and Sidecar Barley & Wine Bar is planning its newest restaurant in a neighborhood it knows well.

Hatch, 1101 N. Broadway Ave., will take up residence just north of Broadway 10 in the Buick Building in Automobile Alley, across the street from Sidecar.

Provision Concepts co-owners Aaron Soward and Jeff Dixon are trying to strike while it’s hot, Soward said.

“When I mean hot, I mean a lot of things,” he said. “The market is hot. Oklahoma City is hot. Our clientele and OKC residents in general are hot for new concepts right now. So we want to do what’s right for the city and help it grow.”

Hatch will be a dedicated breakfast and brunch spot focused on giving the downtown business district an upscale, welcoming experience.

Places like Jimmy’s Egg and IHOP are great and serve a purpose, Soward said. But their vision for Hatch is an upscale eatery where entrepreneurs and progressives can feel at home.

“We want to be more of a stable in the community,” he said.

The restaurant plans to hatch in late spring 2016.

Big balls

Cafe Plaid is gone from 333 W. Boyd St. in Norman, but the space will soon be occupied by Meatball House, said Chef Andrew Black, who will open the eatery with owner Rudy Khouri.

Black said he’s eager to dispel misconceptions about the concept, which is not Italian, but international.

“Everything is built around meatballs,” he said. “Turkey, fish and potato, beef. And then you choose from sauces: chimichurri, Gorgonzola, barbecue.”

It’s a dynamic food, Black said. Every culture has a meatball, so it’s hard to find anyone who has never tried one.

With that common ground, he hopes to make the venue a Campus Corner sensation with side dishes like sea salt french fries, mac and cheese, risotto, creamed corn with candied bacon and apple salad.

Meatball House aims to open on Sept. 18.

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