Worth the wait? A long-delayed N.J. restaurant is finally here

Summit House, in downtown Summit, has been in development for five years

The ambitious new restaurant Summit House in downtown Summit was five years in development, two years deep in build, and, at one point, could have been undone by those ambitions.

Longtime Summit residents Dylan and Melissa Baker and Tyler and Sarah Reeder, who thought their hometown could use a fresh restaurant with New York City standards, took on the renovation of the former YMCA at the corner of Springfield Avenue and Maple Street in 2015.

The 1896 building had included a pool in the basement that had been filled in with almost century-old construction rubble, and the owners had the brilliant idea of excavating it for a wine room.

“Crazy talk,” laughs Dylan Baker, the operating partner. Turns out the original pool sloped and was only four and a half feet deep, which would have resulted, he says, in “a wine room for toddlers.”

Summit House, which opened last week for dinner (lunch and brunch is coming), has initially been talked up as the town’s first fully-licensed restaurant and bar in a decade, but the drawn-out renovation meant Piattino, an Italian bistro a block away, an offshoot of the Mendham original, beat them to the punch when it opened in January.

Summit House’s building had been carved up over the years into different retail spaces, and now features a large, high-ceiling front room with a bustling bar, banquettes lining the windows and the space lit by Hollywood Regency chandeliers. In the rear is a more formal dining room with a view of the open kitchen (which is also visible through plate-glass windows from the Maple Street sidewalk).

The owners lured Martin Kester from Natirar’s Ninety Acres in Peapack-Gladstone, where he was named one of Inside Jersey’s top …read more

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