Aaron and Jennifer Martin

Aaron and Jennifer Martin

Plate will still be serving in Stowe, but what’s on the plate might change.

Aaron and Jennifer Martin bought the restaurant at 91 Main St. Friday afternoon, and they’re excited to add their own spin to what’s on the menu, and rearrange the interior.

“We turned a turnkey into a painting and construction project,” said Aaron Martin with a laugh.

He helped Jamie Persky and Mark Rosman open Plate five years ago. The restaurant staked its name on its California-meets-Vermont menu and the open kitchen, where guests can watch the chef at work.

He helped run the restaurant for three years, and left two years ago to work with Morristown’s Black Diamond Barbecue.

“It was a little tough to walk away from them,” Martin said, but he’s looking forward to the changes he plans as the new owner of Plate, such as menu tweaks.

“I’m going to be a little less impeded by what I am able to do,” he said.

The restaurant will still go by Plate, since Martin helped come up with the name.

“We created something I thought was pretty special. I knew there was a lot of my heart and soul in this room, and I knew I was always going to miss it. I would always forever kick myself” if he didn’t buy the restaurant, Martin said.

He’s hoping to be open after Thanksgiving.

— Caleigh Cross

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