Food & Drink – Italian dining spot opens at Dover Downs, Rosenfeld’s partnership deal with Big Fish


Rosenfeld’s Jewish Delicatessen entered into apartnership agreement with the Big Fish Restaurant Group (owner and operator of 17 restaurants, caterng and wholesale seafood company) to jointly open a “substantial number” of new Rosenfeld locations in Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Washington, DC, and elsewhere.

Hank Rosenberg, the long-time COO of Hospitality at Harrington Casino and Raceway put the parties together, and is also a partner in this venture, owner Warren Rosenfeld stated in a social media post.

The new company owned by the partnership, Rosenfeld’s Expansion Partners, hopes to open its first new location in Wilmington within the next eight to 10 months. Annapolis, MD is also being considered for the second location

“We then hope to penetrate the Washington and Baltimore markets, among others,” the post from Rosenfeld stated.

Current Rosenfeld’s restaurants in Rehoboth Beach, Ocean City, MD, and at the Salisbury airport will retain the same ownership and operations. All new locations will be managed and operated by Big Fish Restaurant Group.

Warren Rosenfeld first opened a successful deli in Ocean City, MD and later added a second location near Rehoboth Beach that also gained a loyal following. A third location opened at the airport in Salisbury.

Big Fish is owned by Eric and Norman Sugrue built a Delaware restaurant group that had its start at a single location in Rehoboth Beach.

The restaurant group moved north and opened a popular Big Fish location on the Wilmington Riverfront. It recently opened a banquet facility and is a partner in a hotel adjacent to their riverfront restaurant.

Big Fish has undertaken further expansion in Wilmington that includes the purchase of the Washington Street Ale House, Mikimoto’s and opening an oyster house in the Trolley Square area.

Big Fish also closed a location in Glen Mills, PA and turned over an Italian restaurant venture in north Wilmington to Sussex County-based Touch of Italy.

Jerry Longo’s opens at Dover Downs

The Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce hosted a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Jerry Longo’s Meatballs & Martinis last week.

Longo’s originated in the Historic Federal Hill area in Providence, RI, where owner Jerry Longo created a menu of Italian cuisine. The restaurant closed a few years ago. New resort owner Twin River is based in Rhode Island.

Longo’s replaced the long-running Frankie’s Italian dining spot at the casino-resort-track.

Jerry, who grew up in South Philadelphia and his culinary team have now brought their brand back to the area.

The restaurant features an antipasto bar and a menu that includes a variety of pasta dishes and other specialty items such as chicken parmigiana, orechiette with sausage and rabe, as well as a variety of veal dishes.

Pizzas featuring a thin crust, baked in the restaurant’s imported Italian brick oven.

The restaurant also features a “signature meatball,” as well as craft cocktails and a wine selection.

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Victory Brewing headed to Philly

Victory Brewing is joining Wilmington-based Iron Hill in heading to Center City Philadelphia.

The craft brewing pioneer in suburban Philadelphia will open the brewery next year. One of the drawing cards will be a rooftop area. Iron Hill already has a brewery-restaurant in Center City.

Victory has a brewpub in Kennett Square.

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