New restaurant hopes to hit a home run with diners

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By Molly Haines

Baseball memorabilia from professionals to Owen County -- pictures, jerseys and other items adorn the walls of the recently opened Home Plate restaurant to create a family friendly atmosphere with lots of down home items on the menu.

Father-son duo Paul and Kelly Wilson officially opened the restaurant Dec. 28, 2009.

“Opening a restaurant had been an ambition of Kelly’s for a long time,” Paul Wilson said. “I wanted someone young to run it.”

Wilson said Kelly is the owner, while he acts as manager and training chef.

“I had been into some chef-type things years ago,” Wilson said. “We just decided to try it and see how it would go.”

Wilson said the menu has a variety of sandwiches and soups, breakfast items, daily specials and desserts.

“We have a lot of different sandwiches,” Wilson said. “We have chili and chili dogs and different specials every day.”

Wilson said daily specials include fried chicken, Italian Parmesan chicken breast and rib-eye steak. All plate specials come with two side items.

“We try to do things that no one else around does,” Wilson said. “We try to do everything as real and as home cooked as possible.”

Wilson said the restaurant is still in the developing stages.

“We’ll have a Mexican special Thursday,” Wilson said. “Tacos, refried beans and things like that. I don’t think anyone else in Owen County does anything like that.”

Wilson said starting a restaurant in a rough economy hasn’t been the easiest task.

“We started out slow,” Wilson said. “But we’re becoming better organized now. It’s not easy being a new restaurant in a small community but our business just keeps growing. So far its been totally word of mouth, no advertisement. The weather this winter has really hurt us too, not as many are able to get out in it.”

Wilson said when it comes to what makes the Home Plate stand out, women tend to think the decorations.

“I used to coach different baseball teams around Owen County,” Wilson said. “I’ve always been a baseball fan and that’s how we came up with the name Home Plate. Different teams around Owen County have given us jerseys and things to put up.”

Wilson said if a family atmosphere is what one is looking for in a restaurant, they can find it at the Home Plate.

“We want people to come in and see us,” Wilson said. “We want to know what everyone thinks. We’re a family-oriented business and we have a real family atmosphere.”

The Home Plate is located at 125 W. Seminary Street. The restaurant is open 6 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon-Tues. and Thurs.-Sat. and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. For more information, call (502) 484-8222.