WESTFIELD - David D'Amico and Edward Tkach moved to Westfield last year from Charleston, S.C., and soon realized Chautauqua County was the place that they needed to be.
The Parkview Cafe will initially be open for breakfast and lunch, Tuesdays through Sunday featuring a Sunday brunch option. In the coming weeks, the restaurant will add dinners when it receives its New York state liquor license.
Coming along for this adventure, the new owners have hired Chef Ben Lowdermilk from Winston-Salem, N.C.
Parkview Cafe Chef Ben Lowdermilk
Lowdermilk became interested in becoming a chef early in his life and found himself at the family stove at 11 years old. He is famous for his Southern cuisine including barbecue. He learned 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 earned the chance to then 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 with a historical look at Westfield in the early 1900s. This includes 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. There is a new look all around with table cloths, antique Currier & Ives dinnerware and a deli-style refrigeration unit where guests can purchase items to take home (including homemade desserts).
Lowdermilk 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 to 7 p.m.
The new owners hope everyone will turn out to examine their progress, have sip of wine or just say hello.