The Allenberry Resort is another step closer to full operation.
Last week, a restaurant at the historic Monroe Township property opened under the new owners who purchased the resort last year.
The Barn, located in the Fairfield building, is serving dinner Wednesday through Sunday, starting at 4 p.m. It’s part of a soft relaunch that began in April and will continue until the resort has its official grand opening, tentatively slated for late in August or early September.
“(Wednesday night) was the first night it was open,” said Mike Kennedy, one of the partners in the group that purchased the Allenberry from the Heinze family, the longtime owners.
The Barn looks entirely different from any previous restaurant at Allenberry. From the acid-washed zinc countertop at the bar to the exposed brick wall separating the eating area from the bar, it’s a modern, sleek appearance that Kennedy and his fellow investors hope will attract people all around the area.
“We want Allenberry to be enjoyed by everybody, we don’t want to cut ourselves out from any group looking to have a day or night out,” he says.
The Barn includes a terrace that overlooks the nearby Yellow Breeches, one of the features of the property Kennedy and company wanted to highlight when they took over.
The restaurant has a kids’ menu and lots of choices for adults, ranging from flatbreads to crab cakes to homemade pasta.
“We have a great chef team, and we are encouraging them to be experimental,” Kennedy says.
That team is led by Chef d’ Cuisine Joseph Randle, formerly of Stock’s on 2nd. The restaurant uses locally sourced meats and other season ingredients from local farms.
Reservations can be made through Open Table.
The opening of the Barn will soon be followed by a second restaurant, the Stone Lodge Tavern. It will serve dinner via a walk-in only basis on Mondays and Tuesdays. The official start date hasn’t been determined, but it will probably be within a couple weeks.
The grand reopening for the resort won’t be too long after.
“For our full opening, we haven’t picked a day yet, but as soon as we get the staff working in the right direction and get the kinks out, we’ll go to the full opening and invite the community and so forth. It should be the end of summer,” Kennedy said.