At Runa: a quinoa croquette appetizer topped with avocado, heirloom tomato and aji amarillo pepper. Runa owner and chef Marita Lynn, below. (Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
The runway to Runa turned out to be long and bumpy, but Red Bank’s first Peruvian restaurant is finally about to open.
Really, definitely this time, says owner Marita Lynn.
The Monmouth Street eatery, which has been “coming soon” for two years, is set to soft-open by August 30, Lynn told redbankgreen Thursday, shortly after clearing one of her final inspections by the borough.
What took so long?
“I had the wrong perception of what it takes to open a restaurant,” Lynn said, standing in the brightly painted, 44-seat BYOB-er. She calls the interim “a great learning experience and a personal journey.”
Runa, a proposed Peruvian restaurant on Monmouth Street in Red Bank that’s been “coming soon” for two years, will open this summer, owner-chef Marita Lynn writes in a new blog post.
“I got paralyzed by fear” after realizing that “cooking is not the same as running a business, and I didn’t have the full knowledge of opening and running a business,” Lynn writes at a site called called PlanDay, but the restaurant “is going to open this summer,” she says.
In an Andean language of Peru, runa means “people.” Lynn tells PieHole that when she was in culinary school she dreamed of calling her restaurant Runa, because she enjoyed being around and cooking for people.
Now she’s depending on those people to help her get her doors opened. Lynn tells PieHole that she has simply run out of money.