A restaurant with a plant-forward menu and modern European design is expected to open in early summer just east of German Village.
Comune, a whole-hearted celebration of the vegetable, will take over 2,500 square feet of space at 677 Parsons Ave., a bock and a half south of East Livingston Avenue.
The main dining room and patio will be on the first level while the kitchen and private dining area, seating about 15, will be on the second floor. Alcohol will be served.
Owners Joe Galati and Brook Maikut, both vegetarians, said they want Comune to become a neighborhood spot that draws all-comers.
"I don't think what we're going for is all-you-can eat vegetables," Galati said. "I think what we're going for is proper portions."
The menu will not center on one style of cuisine, Maikut said.
"We're going with 'globally influenced' right now," he said.
The plan is to offer counter-order service for breakfast and lunch. The kitchen would close from 3 to 5 p.m. and reopen for dine-service at dinner.
Quality of ingredients will be the hallmark of Comune and will be reflected in the prices, the owners said.
Most breakfast items will be in the $8 range, lunch about $12 and dinner $17 to $23.
They hired chef Ben Kanavel to develop the menu.
"We know the quality we're going for," Galati said. "You're not going to get a $5 dinner."
Galati has a background in design and corporate merchandising and Maikut a career in construction.
They tweaked the restaurant's name by dropping an "m" to give it a little attitude but maintaining the essential meaning, Galati said.
"We like the idea about commune," he said. "It's about being a gathering point of like-minded individuals."
Comune is part of a growing Parsons Avenue retail scene near the intersection of Parsons and East Livingston.
"The location spoke to us because it feels like there are some cool things happening down there," Galati said. "We both like that it feels authentic. We like that neighborhood vibe."
"The community's ready for more options right there," Maikut said.