The Parkview Cafe at 3 East Main Street has new owners, a new chef and a new look.
David D'Amico and Edward Tkach moved to Westfield last year from Charleston, SC and soon realized Chautauqua County was the place that they needed to be. The Parkview Cafe will initially be open for breakfasts and lunch, Tuesdays through Sunday featuring a Sunday brunch option. In the coming weeks, the restaurant will add dinners when they receive their NYS liquor license.
Coming along for this adventure, the new owners have hired a Chef, Ben Lowdermilk, from Winston Salem, N.C. Ben got interested in becoming a chef early on in his life and found himself at the family stove at 11 years old. He is famous for his Southern cuisine including barbecue learning technique from cooking at his great-aunt's restaurant. After high school he had the opportunity to train under Executive Chef Jim Pearson at The Country Club of Salisbury for three years. He then became Sous Chef at Nobles Grille, a modern American/French Restaurant in Winston-Salem. He then earned the honor to become Executive Chef at The Gaither Street Cafe (Modern American/Southern Nouveau cuisine).
The new owners are very excited to have Chef Ben onboard and have updated the kitchen to his specifications. The cafe has been transformed in to a historical look at Westfield in the early 1900s to include large prints of Westfield's history including the influence of Grace Bedell and her connection to Abraham Lincoln and the wonderful story of how she convinced Abraham Lincoln to grow his whiskers to be elected President of the United States. A new look all around with white table cloth's, antique Currier & Ives dinnerware and a deli style refrigeration unit where guests can purchase items to take home (including homemade desserts). Ben will be using only breads, butters, mayonnaise and condiments that he has created himself. He also has insisted on a fresh herb garden within the establishment where he can cultivate only the freshest tastes.
A complimentary open house has been planned for Friday, April 18. Everyone is invited to hors d'ouerves prepared by Chef Ben from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The new owners are hoping that everyone will turn out to examine their progress, have sip of wine or to just say hello.