Hef’s Hut hosts grand reopening in Vernon to celebrate remodel and menu revamp

Hef’s Hut, a hidden-gem bar and grill located at the Great Gorge in Vernon, recently hosted a successful grand reopening event in honor of its recent remodel and menu revamp. The celebration took place April 26, with over 120 guests sampling the new menu and an assortment of specialty cocktails.

Vernon Mayor Anthony Rossi and Vernon Chamber of Commerce President Stephanie Scilingo were in attendance and joined representatives from the Great Gorge for the ribbon-cutting.

“Hef’s Hut is not just for golfers — with an incredible menu, cocktails, entertainment and a view, there’s something here for all tastes,” David Killin, general manager of the Great Gorge, said. “We were thrilled to have so many members of our community join us to celebrate our grand reopening and the feedback on the new creations our culinary team worked so hard to bring to life was phenomenal.”

Attendees enjoyed free food samples from Hef’s Hut’s new menu, featuring a variety of new dishes such as Bruschetta, Texas Lollipop Bites, Mini Philly Cheesesteaks, Mini Chicken Sandwiches and Mini Quarry Steak samples. The drinks were equally inviting, with all beverages available at 50% off, allowing guests to sample from the newly introduced specialty cocktails menu.

“We’ve carefully crafted a menu that combines beloved classics with fresh, innovative dishes and cocktails,” Cyrus Matencio, head chef at Hef’s Hut, said. “We aimed to create a diverse and updated menu that has something for everyone. Whether you’re coming by for a meal after a round of golf, relaxing after an adventure at TreEscape Aerial Adventure Park, catching live music or celebrating a special occasion, we’re thrilled to share our new offerings with you.”

In addition to the delicious food and drinks, the grand opening festivities included an exciting raffle where winners took home fabulous prizes, including a round of golf, a dinner at Hef’s Hut and a three-hour adventure at TreEscape Aerial Adventure Park. The raffle added an element of fun and anticipation to the evening, making it a memorable experience for all.

Hef’s Hut’s renovation is highlighted by a new modern, contemporary design. The interior boasts an open bright dining area with multiple seating options, and the exterior is a head-turner, with a 2,000-square-foot patio with additional seating overlooking a breathtaking view of Vernon Valley. Throughout the year, Hef’s Hut provides guests with activities such as cornhole and dart boards and, in the winter months, a state-of-the-art golf simulator. Moreover, the restaurant is the ideal location and perfectly suited to accommodate private events, such as baby showers, communions, small weddings, birthday parties and more.

Hef’s Hut is located at 414 County Road 517 in Vernon Township, next door to the Great Gorge Golf Club pro shop.