Grain owners to add marina location at former Aqua Sol

After the successful launch of Grain in Newark, owners of the East Main Street restaurant are setting their sights on Summit North Arena, near the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal.

Delaware Online reported that the former Aqua Sol property will be become Grain H20 Craft Bar + Kitchen later this year. No opening date has been set.

Aqua Sol, which closed in September, specialized in Latin cuisine. It was best known for its outdoor deck that offered entertainment, although invasions of mosquitos sometimes affected the proceedings.

The canal location has potential with a location in the heavily populated Bear-Glasgow area and near Lums Pond State Park.

Residents have long flocked to canal side restaurants in Chesapeake City, MD with waterfront views and live music. Delaware City, near the end of the canal, also has dining and entertainment spots.

Grain, which opened in July 2015, specializes in craft beer, gastropub fare and acoustic entertainment. Owners are Jim O’Donoghue, Catie Mahoney O’Donoghue, Kathy Malone Mikles and Lee Mikles.

The restaurant site had been after the closing of Mojo Main, a café and live music venue. Before that, it was known as East End Café.

Grain, most recently, received an outdoor seating area to complement its closed-in patio. The restaurant, unlike most on Main Street, has its own parking lot, but struggled with a location away from the heart of Main Street.

The area has since seen a modest turnaround at the Newark Shopping Center, which is gaining new stores and has a large student apartment complex.

Mikles, a former advertising executive who taught at the University of Delaware, has put his expertise to work in promoting Grain in social media and special promotions.

He is already at work with drone footage of the marina area and the new Grain on its Facebook page

The O’Donoghues and Mikles’ will operate Grain H20, which is expected to follow a similar format, with island music likely to be part of the music, according to Delaware Online.

Lee Mikles did not respond to a request for comment. (See earlier story on Aqua Sol).

Aqua Sol closed, at least for now

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