Jimmy’s Grille in Rehoboth will close its doors on Saturday after two years in operation, the Cape Gazetteand other media outlets reported.
The newspaper-website reported owner Alex Pires cited the struggles of the restaurant in getting customer traffic during its two-year existence as the reason for the closing.
The dining market in Lewes-Rehoboth and the Coastal Highway area has become crowded with a combination of locally owned restaurant groups like Big Fish and SoDel, as well as chains and independents.
Jimmy’s Grille got off to a rough start when neighboring Cracker Barrel took it to court over allegations that its restaurant design was copied by Jimmy’s.
The Jimmy’s location and parking space will be consolidated into a nearby liquor store also owned by Pires and his Highway 1 Group.
Pires, a lawyer, owns night spots, an entertainment company and who also has an interest in a Sussex County bank. The other Jimmy’s Grille in Dewey Beach is slated to reopen for the season in the spring. A catering operation operates year around.
A Jimmy’s Grille in Bridgeville is not owned by Pires. That restaurant was briefly closedin December after failing a health inspection.
That led to some confusion regarding the catering operation that led to the Facebook Post below.