Carrie Rengers

Perfect Plate owner has found the perfect place to open her prepared meal service

Perfect Plate owner Kira Ottaway with her business coach, Jill Miller.
Perfect Plate owner Kira Ottaway with her business coach, Jill Miller. Courtesy photo

Kira Ottaway has found what she calls the perfect place for her new Perfect Plate business that will specialize in healthy prepared meals, mostly to go.

She’s leasing the one-time Wild Thyme space, which most recently was Pariso Tex-Mex, at 5255 N. Maize Road near 53rd Street.

“Its really the perfect size of what I was looking for,” Ottaway says of the 1,200 square feet.

She likes that half of the space is solely the kitchen, which will allow her plenty of room to prepare meals.

There’s also space for some dine-in seating in the front.

In addition, Ottaway says there were “just a lot of little bells and whistles that were important to me.”

She says there was a big benefit in a hood system, “which that’s a huge chunk of money right there.”

As Ottaway told Have You Heard? this summer, she’s a classically trained pastry chef who has a bachelor’s degree in food service management. Then about six years ago, she lost 85 pounds.

Now, she wants to help other people learn to balance nutrition.

Ottaway will have individual portions, family-size meals and bulk meat and vegetables for purchase.

Eventually, she’ll have delivery in addition to pick-up and dine-in services, though delivery may not be ready when she opens.

“I’ve got to work out all those kinks still,” Ottaway says. “I have to be prepared.”

Business consultant Jill Miller of Creative Solutions is helping Ottaway get the business get started.

Stephanie Wise of John T. Arnold Associates handled the deal for the space.

Ottaway says she hopes to open by March at the latest, but she says she’d like to at least have a soft opening in February.

She says she wants “to be able to use my … weight-loss and fitness story to help others change their lives.

“I’m just super excited because I’m ready to live in my passion of helping people with their healthy food needs.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers