Trolley Square mainstay Scratch McGoo’s and to close later this month

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Trolley Square mainstay Scratch Magoo’s will close its doors late this month after nearly two decades.

The Delaware Avenue establishment put the following message on Facebook:

“Well everyone as most of you know by now Scratch Magoo’s will be closing on November 25th. So that Sunday will be our last day. Obviously, this is a sad time for all of us, but we will be open until the end. Especially Thanksgiving Eve & Thanksgiving night. So please keep coming out to see the staff and give this amazing place the send-off it deserves.

Also closing on the same day is Scratch Magoo’s companion restaurant, OldBanks, which opened a couple of years ago in a former bank building. The restaurant became well known for its fried chicken.

No reason for the closing of the restaurant-tavern was listed. Scratch Magoo’s had a long run and adapted to the constantly changing restaurant-bar business by moving into brunches and craft beer.

The announcement led to reminiscences from current and former patrons who stopped by the establishment after work or hung out on lazy weekends

Wilmington’s Trolley Square remains a walkable neighborhood and continues to offer dining nightlife and residential options, especially for younger people the city hopes to attract. The area is also close to other popular city neighborhoods.

The area largely escaped the highly-publicized wave of gun violence in the city, but struggled with negative perceptions from suburbanites.

A reflection of its popularity is parking problems that include aggressive towing from a shopping center in the neighborhood.

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