When the Slopeside Pub & Grill reopens at Blue Mountain’s Summit Lodge in Palmerton the day after Christmas it will be opening in a new, recently constructed location.
But more importantly, when the once seasonal restaurant opens it will stay open as a year-round establishment.
Normally open between October and May, the expansion of Slopeside into a year-round dining location is a major milestone in an $8 million expansion underway at the resort that is aimed at converting Blue Mountain from a seasonal ski resort into a four-season destination, said Karl Knepper the restaurant’s manager.
The pub had opened for the year as scheduled in October, but then closed Nov. 2 to begin moving to the new location.
The new Slopeside will seat 500 and will feature open air dining with sliding glass walls that can be drawn back during nice weather. There will also be a deck for full outdoor dining.
Knepper said that at an elevation of 1,285 feet, the deck, and most of the indoor seats will offer patrons a panoramic view of the area where they will be able to see out to the Delaware Water Gap and Penn’s Peak.
Slopeside will feature a full “upscale” menu and a full bar.
As part of the ongoing construction at the resort, the previous location of Slopeside will be converted into a venue for weddings and banquets.
This marks the third year Blue Mountain has completed significant upgrades to the Summit Lodge. The construction is being managed by Serfass Construction of North Whitehall.