27 Minebrook Road
Bernardsville, NJ 07924
at The Bernards Inn
The celebrated chef and restaurateur will enter into hotel management for the first time
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Celebrity chef and veteran restaurateur David Burke is taking over the food & beverage operations of The Bernards Inn, a 116-year-old property in Bernardsville, N.J., as well as management of its 20 guest rooms, marking his first foray into hotel management.
The agreement is a partnership with the inn’s owner, Hampshire Destination Properties LLC, a subsidiary of The Hampshire Companies.
Burke and his company, David Burke Hospitality Management, will rework the foodservice of the main bar and lounge area, a banquet hall with seating capacity for 200 people, an outdoor patio that seats up to 40, and two restaurants that are still in their conceptualization stages: A 120-seat fine-dining restaurant and a more casual 100-seat space.
The Bernards Inn, which is a AAA Four Diamond property and a recommended hotel in the Forbes Travel Guide, is slated to reopen this fall, although the guest rooms will be renovated at a later date.
David Burke to take over management of The Bernards Inn in New Jersey
The celebrated chef and restaurateur will enter into hotel management for the first time.
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The Bernards Inn’s stone façade has stood tall on Minebrook Road for more than a century. It was a speakeasy during Prohibition, and one of the state’s best restaurants. It’s survived floods, a fire and two global pandemics.
But as any Bernardsville resident knows, it hasn’t always stood strong. These days, it’s overshadowed by modern, vibrant New Jersey eateries.
That’s about to change.
“It’s been very sleepy, quiet and boring,” said celebrity chef David Burke, the owner of Orchard Park in East Brunswick, 1776 in Morristown and 17 other restaurants. “But (the Bernards Inn) has good bones, good history, and the community wants to see it back on its feet. I would love to get in there and bring it back to life.”
In July, Burke entered a partnership with the owner of the Bernards Inn, Hampshire Destination Properties, LLC, a subsidiary of The Hampshire Companies. He’s now renovating and transforming it to oversee its food and beverage operations. Later, he will manage the 20-room hotel.
The Bernards Inn includes a 120-seat fine dining restaurant; a bar and lounge; a 100-seat dining area on the lower level, formerly known as the Silver Vault and Wine Pantry; a 200-seat banquet hall for weddings and other events; and a 40-seat outdoor patio.
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