Dining update: No teriyaki for Middletown: Iron Hill to Hotlanta, downtown fried chicken, Firebirds & tweaked street corn


Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant is continuing its march to the south.

The Wilmington-based company announced it will open in the busy and affluent Buckhead neighborhood in Atlanta.

Iron Hill opened its first location south of the Mason-Dixon line in booming Greenville, SC.

The comes after their recent announcement to open their newest location in Newtown, PA, in the spring of 2020.

It’s part of Iron Hill’s “20 by 20” initiative. Iron Hill team plans to open and operate 20 locations by the year 2020. Iron Hill Buckhead will serve as the company’s 18thlocation.

Located at EDENS’ Lenox Marketplace at 3535 Peachtree Road NE, the more than 7,770 square foot space will feature Iron Hill’s on-site brewing facility as well as seating for approximately 250 in the bar area and dining room, plus additional patio seating.

“We have established ourselves in the northeast,” said Kevin Finn, chairman of the board and director of development at Iron Hill. “After we were welcomed in South Carolina with open arms, we knew it was time to explore more of the south, and we have been eyeing Atlanta for some time, waiting for the right opportunity and location. Buckhead is a major commercial and financial center in Atlanta, and given its residential appeal, we knew this neighborhood was a perfect next step.”

In addition to the expansion, Iron Hill is renovating some locations. Iron Hill in Wilmington recently celebrated a grand re-opening and Maple Shade, NJ is currently undergoing a refresh.

Iron Hill got its start in Newark, with a location that remains on Main Street. The restaurant-brewery is named after a landmark hill near the college town that was near a Revolutionary War battle and was the site of mining operations into the 19th century.

Chicken Place to open at former Benjamin’s in Wilmington

Fried chicken is becoming easier to find in downtown Wilmington with the pending opening of the Chicken Place.

The restaurant will occupy the location of Benjamin’s on 10threstaurant. The popular breakfast spot near the DuPont building closed earlier

DelawareOnline reported that the restaurant is a venture of Venu Gaddamidi who owns Ciro Food & Drink in the Verita’s wine shop located in the Wilmington Riverfront area.

The restaurant plans to open in mid-August.

Renovations have been underway at the location since June.

Fried chicken has been harder to find in recent years with the closing of Kennedy Fried Chicken on Market Street. The location later became the home of the upscale Bardea Food & Drink restaurant after a highly publicized eviction dispute with the landlord.

The recently opened DeCo Food Hall in the DuPont Building featuresa branch of Baltimore’s Connie’s Chicken and Waffles.

Teriyaki Madness to open Middletown location

Middletown will have to wait to have its own fast casual teriyaki spot.

Asian fast-food chain Teriyaki Madness plans to open a location on Concord Pike, not Middletown.

The company listed a Middletown. address on its website, but it turns out the location is a new building at 3311 Concord Pike in Talleyville.

The Denver-based franchise restaurant company specializes in bowls with Teriyaki chicken, steak and veggies.

Teriyaki Madness was founded in 2003 and currently has franchise agreements for nearly 150 locations in the U.S.

There was no immediate word on a Middletown location.

Claymont Steak Shop now in the franchise game

While on the subject of franchises, Claymont Steak Shop is now marketing franchises.

The shop has grown to three locations in Newark, Concord Pike and of course Claymont and is looking to expand via franchises.

While its specialty is cheesesteaks, Claymont offers a broad menu that includes pasta, pizza, hoagies, and even cheesesteak fries.

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Primo’s in Bear closes

Competition is tough in the hoagie world. A victim of the battle of the roll is the Primo Hoagies location at Governor’s Square in Bear.

A sign on the door invited customers to visit a Kirkwood Highway location. Primo’s has another northern Delaware franchise location in Claymont. A storeon Main Street in Newark closed its doors several years ago.

Primo’s, which got its start in South Philadelphia, faces stiff local competition in the hoagie market from Capriotti’s, Casapulla’s, Claymont steaks, and even Wawa.

Quick bite – Mexican street corn at Firebirds

Firebirds, a mid-sized chain with locations in Concordville and Christiana-Stanton, has a great summer addition.

Its take on Mexican street corn features wood-grilled corn, with the kernels taken off the fresh ears, according to one of the servers. The corn is then tossed with lime, chili, and spices with Cotija cheese completing the dish. The combination of ingredients leads to a mildly spicy side dish that beats the heck out of a side order of fries.

At $5, it’s worth a trip, but will be off the menu in mid-August or whenever the fresh corn supply dwindles.

The drawing card for Firebirds is steak. One tasty bargain is a streak sandwich, a rarity as restaurants offer up their (often bad versions) of cheesesteaks. For less than the cost of Firebirds’ French Dip, you get strip steak on a bun, with onions, lettuce and tomato.

Sadly, the steak sandwich is only available at lunch.

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