The Bee’s Knees, a locally sourced restaurant, is opening early April 2016 in West Amwell Township, NJ next door to Hood Flooring on Route 179 North.
Following 15 years of food and beverage industry experience local husband/wife team Eric Hammer and Chef Amy Olexa-Hammer are opening their own restaurant, just four miles from downtown Lambertville. Creative, whole foods will be the signature of their restaurant.
“I want to bring really good quality food to my community,” said Chef Olexa. “The restaurant is in my very own neighborhood and we are elated.”
The 2,500 square foot restaurant has an open floor design allowing customers to sit at a counter, watch foods being prepped as well as chat with Amy as she cooks. The Hammers believe this type of transparency builds integrity and trust between cook and customer. Amy Olexa, a graduate of Moore College of Art and Design, decorated the interior with interesting colors, thousands of butterflies as well as other eye catching adornments. The bright, fun atmosphere of The Bees Knees expresses the nature of the free-spirited couple.
“I’m a chef that will sing and dance while I’m cooking,”Olexa shared.
The restaurant, with counter and table service, will be open Monday through Thursday from 7:00 am until 4:00 pm and Friday and Saturday nights until 8:00 pm.
The Bee’s Knees will utilize organic, non-GMO ingredients filling a gap in Hunterdon County for a healthy, clean cuisine. Catering as well as delivery service will also be available. Additionally, the restaurant space can be rented for special events and parties.
The menu at The Bees Knees will showcase a “from scratch” breakfast and lunch menu. The breakfast menu will include items such as lemon ricotta pancakes, daily fresh baked breads and muffins with gluten free options as well as fresh local eggs, and fresh squeezed organic orange juice. Artisan pizza, unique sandwiches,fresh salads and other prepared foods will round out the lunch menu.
Quality of ingredients is paramount to the food at The Bees Knees. Chef Olexa researched farmers to confirm their vegetables are pesticide, chemical and preservative free. She has procured local meats, vegetables and fruits (when available) from local farms that meet her high standards. Visits to livestock farms helped Olexa choose farms with high levels of animal care.
“I was able to really develop great relationships in the local farming community when I was head chef and manager within a local farmers market” said Olexa.
The Hammers are pleased to be able to offer pure whole foods and a simplicity of menu to accommodate clients with food allergies. “I have food allergies and often fear dining out” said Olexa. “We take food allergies very seriously and will happily accommodate patrons when they come into our restaurant.”
While Olexa is planning the menu and cooking, Eric Hammer will be running the front of the house. He is an accomplished mixologist and his organic juice blends and smoothies will delight customers. A signature juice, “Curious Orange”, is made with sweet potato, carrot, ginger, orange and celery heads the list of creative drinks at The Bees Knees.
A Grab and Go case with organic, natural drinks, sodas, yogurts, grass fed butter and milk, hormone free packaged meats, and organic chickens from local NJ and PA farms will also be available for purchase.The Bee’s Knees has also made contact with Covered Bridge Coffee Roasters, Tracey Dornisch Cramer & Larry Murphy and will be welcoming them into their space late spring 2016.
For more information, call (609)397-1777 or visit The Bees Knees at 54 Mt. Airy-Village Road, Lambertville, NJ 08530. Website coming soon at thebeeskneesfood.com.