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Honey Browns Closes After 9 Months

Mare Restaurant Group to open PizzaVita, a Neapolitan Pizzeria & Cucina.

After just nine months, has closed its doors.

"While we are saddened that Honey Browns did not live up to our expectations, we are excited to open our new restaurant in the same space very soon," Rocco Flores, director of operations for the Mare Restaurent Group which owns Honey Browns and , said in a press release. 

Honey Browns, a southern comfort restaurant on Union Place, opened its doors in September 2010 to much a-do. But Flores said while brunch and lunch did well in Summit, misconceptions about the cuisine resulted in a poor showing for dinner.

"What we did take away from the Honey Browns experience is that our customers value our knowledge and execution of great Italian food and that is what we are going to expand on," he said.

Mare Restaurant Group will be opening PizzaVita, a Neapolitan Pizzeria & Cucina, in the Honey Browns location.

"During the brief time period it will take to renovate the space, we will have some time to travel to Italy to hone our craft," Flores said. "We will be familiarizing ourselves with the best ingredients Italy has to offer and working with the best Pizzaiolo’s in Naples. This is something dear to our hearts and something that will have your mouth watering so stay tuned for PizzaVita."

The pizza will be cooked in a wood-burning oven made from volcanic stone from Mount Vesuvius is being shipped over from Italy, Flores said. This oven, combined with the use of pure Captuo flour will cook the pizza in 90 seconds.

Flores also said what will make PizzaVita's pizza different from all other's in town is the simplicity of the recipe and the use of all-natural, earthy ingredients.

"Americans are used to eating "New York Style" pizza made of a blended flour with lots of added preservatives," he said. "Caputo flour is unbleached and no preservatives or malts are added. This is why you will not feel bloated or overly full after enjoying our pizza."

PizzaVita is expected to open in mid-July.

Stay tuned to Patch for more updates on this story.

Terri Tauber May 23, 2011 at 05:42 PM
I loved Honey Browns but I will try to be patient and look forward to the opening of PizzaVita!
amy cairns harrison May 23, 2011 at 07:44 PM
I think the new restaurant concept sounds interesting but what about something different like a French bistro?
Anthony Della Rosa May 23, 2011 at 08:05 PM
I hope they market this place better than HB? Will the pizza place deliver? Lots of local competition
Eileen Z. Wolter May 24, 2011 at 02:58 AM
This is such sad news. We so loved the breakfast at HB's. We were there just yesterday and had put in our pancake order. I wish they'd said something to us then. My 6 YO is beyond upset. And I'm sorry but the LAST thing the world, let alone Summit, needs is a pizza place.
Publius II May 26, 2011 at 06:00 PM
Hooray! Another pizza joint! This one less than a block from Randazzo and Brick Oven. Two blocks from Trattoria. But this one will be different, you won't feel full after eating there. Isn't that the objective of eating pizza? To enjoy the benefit of comfort food, feeling full.

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