Salem’s Newest Restaurant – NOW OPEN!


Set in the historic Newmark building in the heart of downtown Salem, Counter is our modern take on a lunch counter with a dining experience rooted in fresh, simple, modern food.

Our Salem restaurant features an open-concept kitchen and dining for 50 on the first floor of The Hotel Salem. The bar, lounge, and dinner service are open to the public Tuesday-Sunday. (Coffee bar and lunch service coming soon.)

Executive Chef Justin Perdue has created a menu celebrating regional New England flavors, featuring clever starters, breads, and main dishes, as well as handmade pasta dishes crafted with our traditional pasta-making machine.

Counter is for the people of our small but vibrant city as well as for those passing through to gather over conversation, cocktails, and great food. 

Counter is open Tuesday through Sunday. Dinner service begins at 5 PM and our kitchen closes at 10 PM every night, but our spacious bar and lounge stays open until last call at 12 AM.

We are honored to be entering the Salem restaurant fold and the growing culinary scene, and we look forward to serving you! 


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Group Executive Chef Justin Perdue

Originally from a small town in Wisconsin, Justin Perdue was hired to oversee a number of Lark Hotels restaurants and has lent his creative energy to creating a new menu for Counter and The Roof at The Hotel Salem, while also overseeing Picnic Social in Stowe, Vermont.

Before joining Lark Hotels, Justin worked within the Hotel Sofitel group as an Executive Chef, at both the Chicago and Philadelphia locations. Prior to his stints with Sofitel, Chef Perdue worked in many renowned kitchens, including Bobby Flay's Bar Americain where he honed his skills while attending NYC’s International Culinary Center, NoMi inside the Park Hyatt Chicago, and Topolobampo, where he gained experience under famed chef Rick Bayless.  

With a passion for both the industry and the creativity he encounters every day, Justin brings years of inspiration and education to his newest position as Executive Chef of Counter and The Roof. When he isn’t working, Justin is based in Vermont where he tackles the scenic parks and trails of Stowe alongside his wife and two dogs.  

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209 Essex Street, Salem, MA, 01970

Our Salem hotel is THE place to dine and celebrate on the North Shore. Our two restaurants, Counter and The Roof, as well as our underground event space, serve all your dining, drinking, and special occasion desires.

(978) 451-4818
Lark Hotels