The chefs behind a standout cafe in Normal Heights are opening their second venture this weekend inside South Bay food hall Market on 8th. Manny da Luz and Charles Knowles, who launched the seasonally-minded Bica on Adams Avenue last summer, are behind the Butcher’s Plate, which joins the market’s other chef-run outfits like Phillip Esteban’s White Rice Panciteria.
Da Luz and Knowles, both veterans of Tender Greens, are experienced in putting together well-sourced plates of proteins and produce. Their menu for Butcher’s Plate features rotisserie meats, salads, and sandwiches based on peri-peri or za’atar roasted chicken, housemade porchetta, and a beef option that could range from herb-roasted brisket to prime rib. Plates will come with herbed fried potatoes and sandwiches will be built with housemade pickles on baguettes from Prager Brothers Artisan Breads. There will also be frequently rotating sides utilizing ingredients from area farmers' markets.
Knowles tells Eater that they’d eventually like to cook private dinners out of their stall space, which will be open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, and are working on sourcing produce directly from farms near National City and shifting the menu towards whole animal butchery.
Market on 8th, which debuted in October 2021, is now under the management of Hospitality HQ, a Brooklyn-based company run by acclaimed chef Akhtar Nawab that operates food halls and stand-alone restaurants across the country. Hospitality HQ’s Edwin Zaragoza shared that they are currently in negotiations with potential vendors to fill spots vacated by a coffee shop and Mexican food spot.