An exclusive first look at Eleven Madison Park’s Winter House—and the restaurant’s surprise return to the beach this summer.
Europe may be in the midst of the year’s coldest week yet, which is all the more reason to start planning your summer—and next winter, while you’re at it.
On Memorial Day weekend, Eleven Madison Park will bring its popular Summer House back to East Hampton, N.Y. Later in the year, the crew will take up residence in Aspen to launch the inaugural edition of EMP Winter House.
The return of Summer House is surprising a lot of people, even co-owners Will Guidara and chef Daniel Humm. The Summer House was originally conceived as a way to keep staff employed while the world’s best restaurant was closed for renovations in 2017. Even with its breakout success—there were rumors of booking systems crashing after Bloomberg announced reservation details, and the place was packed throughout the summer—the duo didn’t intend to reopen the place for an additional season.
“Hiring seasonal staff is too scary. We invest so much in people, they have to be full time,” says Guidara.
“But it was so successful,” says Humm. “The location wanted us to be there longer, so many people reached out and showed interest.”