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.”