Jimmy’s Grille in Rehoboth to close over weekend

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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.

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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.

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