Food & drink: Middletown Crooked Hammock opens; Chicken Spot now downtown lunch option; Perfect Cup to open under new ownership;

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Crooked Hammock Brewing opened a new location in Middletown earlier this month, with a coastal South Carolina outpost coming next year.

The Crooked Hammock formula – brewery, restaurant and large “backyard” area that proved to be a success at its original Lewes location – is included in the Middletown location.

Slated for spring 2020 is a location in North Myrtle Beach, a popular tourist destination. The South Carolina location will allow Crooked Hammock to have a longer outdoor season.

Crooked Hammock is part of La Vida Hospitality Group, which includes Fork+Flask at Nage near Rehoboth Beach, Big Chill Surf Cantina and beach club and Taco Reho food truck in Rehoboth Beach.

It also follows the opening of a Greenville, SC outpost for Wilmington-based Iron Hill Brewing While a long drive from the beach, Greenville is a thriving community perhaps best known for having a massive nearby BMW assembly plant nearby.

As reported earlier this week, Iron Hill’s march south includes a second location in Atlanta that is slated to open next year.

The Chicken Spot opens

The Chicken Spot finally opened on 10th Street in downtown Wilmington, the former location of Benjamin’s breakfast and lunch spot.

The restaurant features fried chicken without the fine dining price. It fills a gap left with the departure of Kennedy Fried Chicken on the lower portion of Market St. That location is now the home of Bardea, an establishment that gained attention in fine dining circles.

New ownership for the Perfect Cup

The five-day-a-week breakfast and lunch spot announced on its Facebook page that new ownership is coming to the location that closed in late October.

As the name indicates, coffee was a mainstay at the restaurant, which also sold packaged coffee, with the cafe keeping its Facebook site active in selling off its inventory.

No timeframe for reopening was announced.

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