Apr 24, 2024 - Food and Drink

Scoop: Local medical professionals to open a restaurant and bar in Elizabeth

Flight owners and manager

Owners Dwight and Vicki Bailey and their daughter Kayte Morton. Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

The new restaurant and bar called Flight will open in Elizabeth this summer.

Why it matters: The new neighborhood spot aims to take customers around the world through its international wines and decor, according to owners Dwight and Vicki Bailey.

The big picture: Flight is in a booming area of a historic neighborhood — in the same plaza as popular restaurants like The Crunkleton, Menya and Puerta.

Context: The husband-and-wife duo decided to pilot the idea by incorporating their traveling experiences, which they've gained from taking breaks from their full-time medical jobs, into their new bar.

  • Trips to destinations like Portugal and Austria inspired them to give locals a taste of places in the neighborhood that they live in.
  • Since it's the couples' first venture, they plan to lean on hospitality experts like their daughter Kayte Morton, who's spent years managing popular restaurants like Supperland, to handle daily operations.
  • Dwight is a physician specializing in pediatric critical care at Levine Children's Hospital; Vicki is a nurse practitioner. They're not quitting their day jobs but will pop in periodically as Kayte manages Flight.

"We started this as an opportunity to interact with people in a positive way compared to what we experience with work every day," Dwight said.

Dig in: Expect Western European-inspired small plates plus pizzas cooked in a custom Italian wood-burning oven.

  • Flight's food menu will have vegetarian and gluten-free dishes plus at least three desserts, including a skillet cookie, cheesecake in a jar and tiramisu.
  • The wine list will feature 150 international and domestic wines with about 30 to 50 by the glass. Other drink options include cocktails, beer and mocktails.
  • "We want to help people on their journey to learn by exposing them to new wines," Vicki said.

The vibe: The 2,700-square-foot space will have indoor seating for about 60 people and 25 people on the outdoor patio.

  • Various pieces of art and other decorations that the couple has gathered from their trips will be displayed throughout the space.

What's next: Flight will open in the Shops on 7th plaza at 1949-3 E. 7th St.. by the middle of the summer.

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