Our restaurant, 618, would not be here today if I had not met Christopher Dutka through a mutual friend, John Bruzzese, on a cold and blustery day in January 2016. On that day, Chris and I shared stories of our past experiences in the food industry and found that we both came from two very different worlds of food. With that in mind, we realized how valuable our varying experiences could one day be to us. With our combined interest in all things food and a lot of hard work, 618 emerged from our hopes and dreams to brick and mortar reality.
On November 1st, we joyously celebrated our second anniversary. We are delighted to have had the opportunity to reach such an important milestone in the restaurant business. We are happy to have successfully established that “something different,” type of atmosphere at 618 – “an impeccable culinary experience in the heart of Monmouth County.”
As we look to the future, we hope to continue to provide our guests of new and old a place to enjoy an atmosphere with a modern rustic feel. Our guests will always be provided with our extraordinary service, our unique handcrafted cocktails, our meticulously prepared dishes, our signature Pat LaFrieda steaks, our fresh fish delivered daily, our farm-to-table produce, and our impeccable homemade desserts.
We are so proud to share some other exciting news. 2019 will be a milestone year for us. We will be opening two new restaurants. “Forno” will be coming to Old Bridge this summer! Forno translated in Italian means oven so we thought this was a fitting name for our new Italian restaurant that will host custom-made ovens that will sear pizza to perfection in just 90-seconds. Our third “sister” restaurant to 618 will be called “231” and will be located in Atlantic Highlands. 231 will offer a similar delightful dining experience as 618. We are hoping to host 231’s grand opening event by year-end.
I graciously thank you for the opportunity to share our dreams with you. We will continue to serve you, our valued guests, as our family and in the very same impeccable manner you have come to expect at 618 and soon at our other fine dining locations.