A regional restaurant group has taken over two Downtown Newark venues, and is preparing to reopen them under its ownership next week.
The Ainsworth, which has locations in Hoboken, Midtown Manhattan, and Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood, is coming to the Hotel Indigo location at 810 Broad Street in the state’s largest city. According to the Newark Downtown District, a grand opening celebration that is open to the public will be held on Monday, September 18th. There will be an open bar and appetizers will be served until 8:00pm, though interested attendees must RSVP to The Ainsworth’s owner, Paige Hospitality Group. Subsequently, the restaurant will be open daily from 11:00am to midnight, with extended hours into 1:00am the following morning on Friday and Saturday nights.
The Newark location will include both the restaurant space on the first floor of the hotel adjacent to the lobby, as well as the building’s rooftop, which features views of the Lower Manhattan skyline, Brooklyn, the Watchung Mountains, and nearly the entire city of Newark. It is replacing both the Alva Tavern and Skylab restaurants that previously operated inside.
Newark’s Hotel Indigo opened its doors three years ago in one of New Jersey’s first skyscrapers, the historic National State Bank building. The project involved an adaptive reuse of this Downtown landmark that was built in 1912 and designed by Cass Gilbert, the architect of Manhattan’s Woolworth Building. In addition to serving residents during traditional hours, The Ainsworth will likely be a new destination for fans attending New Jersey Devils hockey games, since the Prudential Center arena is steps away.