The Reopening of Plate

Two years after a fire tore through Brookside restaurant Plate, owners Christian and Andrea Joseph are getting a happy ending—and a new beginning. The modern Italian eatery is set to reopen in its original neighborhood two years to the day of the devastating blaze (April 12), this time in a much larger space (701 E. 63rd St.), which will include a private dining room and a large patio. Brian Mehl, Plate’s original executive chef, is back in the kitchen, whipping up pasta dishes and other delectable entrées. The Josephs also decided to add a lounge, which will offer light late-night bites and libations within the restaurant on Fridays and Saturdays. Its name? Fiamma, the Italian word for flames. It’s a fitting nod to how the restaurant is turning its history into fuel for a bright future.

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