A lunch menu focuses on sandwiches and wraps, salads and soups, Italian of course. Pasta Fagioli, Italian wedding soup, and Zuppa de Pesche are on both lunch and dinner menus. Lunch prices range from $9 to $15. Dinner entrees range from $15 to $40, with most falling below $25.
Rashaun Brown, formerly of Berry Hills, will manage the front of the house. He hopes guests will feel like they're coming into someone's home. They'll sit down at tables covered in white linens, but can relax in an informal family-friendly atmosphere. That's important to Kurten, who has two children.
It will be even more informal during baseball season when the WV Power, and WVU and Marshall baseball teams play at the park. On game days, the menu will change to feature bar foods.
The first time the Paternos and Kurten walked through the space that was formerly Power Alley Grill, a plaque on the wall immediately grabbed their attention. It was in honor of Michael Paterno, Kurten's uncle, who was instrumental in keeping minor league baseball in Charleston.
"We walked in and looked up and there was Uncle Mike. We thought it was meant to be," said Kurten. The plaque bearing his image remains on the wall.
Her parents' restaurant experience guides Kurten, who is an elementary school teacher by training. She describes her family as foodies who plan trips around the restaurants at which they want to dine.
They guide menu decisions, and her father gets the final vote on the wine list. He has a personal collection of 3,000 to 4,000 bottles. Her brother Tony also helps with the bar and wine. Andy and Tony will keep their day jobs, but Kurten left her teaching position.
Mary Jo, who owns Bella Cupcakes, will provide some of the sweet treats for the restaurant. Kurten's great aunt Bella Panzera is doing her part. She'll bake biscotti for the restaurant. The dessert menu will also include tiramisu and limoncello sorbet.
Kurten's teaching background should come in handy in the area of customer relations. "It's all about dealing with people," she said. She brings a unique perspective to the staff.
"She has the customers' point of view. We see it from the kitchen, but it's nice to have her point of view," Aiello said.
Paterno's at the Park, located at Appalachian Power Park, 601 Morris St., will open in early October. Hours will be: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Closed Sunday. Call 304-720-7640.
Reach Julie Robinson at jul...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1230.