Food and drink: Not all steakhouses reopening in early June; lines at newly opened Tasties; 2 dining spots calls it a day and Prime 225’s 8-hour deck


More restaurant openings have been announced for steak lovers, although some popular spots are sticking to takeout.

Xavier Teixido’s Harry’s Hospitality Group announced that its flagship steak and prime rib destination Harry’s Savoy Grill and casual dining spot Kid Shelleens will reopen in early June.

Kid’s will open on June 1, with Harry’s Savoy Grill waiting until June 3. Under state rules, it’s reservations only and seating at 30 percent of occupancy.

Teixido, a local leader in the restaurant industry, shares the widespread view that dining spots face tough challenges ahead with double-digit casualty rates, wary diners, and occupancy figures that make turning a profit difficult if not impossible.

Not reopening, for now, is Firebirds, the mid-range steakhouse chain that has locations in Concordville, PA, and Ogletown-Stanton.

The president of the company says Firebirds will stick to takeout for now. The same appears to be true for Sullivan’s, an upscale steakhouse with about a dozen locations around the country. Sullivan’s has a location on Concord Pike near the Delaware line. It is a good idea to check social media and websites for updates.

The venerable 1776 Steakhouse in the Midway area between Lewes and Rehoboth will open on June 2 with a full steak menu. Opening on the 1st is Harvest Tide Steakhouse in Lewes.

Budget steak chain Texas Roadhouse plans to reopen on June 3 in Bear and Middletown, with a June 4 open in Camden and Seaford. Michele’s, the upper-end dining spot at Dover Downs, is not reopening yet, based on a post from the casino.

There is no word yet on reopenings at Delaware Texas Roadhouse competitors Outback and Longhorn.

Wilmington-based Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant will open its Wilmington, Newark and Rehoboth locations on June 1 with limited hours. In addition to the Delaware Valley, Iron Hill operates locations in South Carolina and Georgia.

Strong opening for Tasties in Wilmington

Getting word of mouth buzz is Tasties 302 soul food on the 800 block of Market Street in Wilmington. Response to the new food option has been enthusiastic with lines reported.

According to an InWilm piece from food writer Pam George, owner and Wilmington resident Barbara Devan is a veteran of the Philadelphia food scene and still operates a location in that city. Devan keeps things low key and does not yet have a social media page or website to share. Pam’s piece does offer a photo of the menu that includes favorites such as mac and cheese, collard greens and chicken.

Alfresco in a hurry

Maryland restaurants are in a unique place, with the governor’s order limiting seating to decks and patios.

Chesapeake City’s highly regarding Prime 225 (the steaks are special here) moved quickly and had a crew build a deck in eight hours. The deck was so popular that the restaurant had to suspend takeout service on Saturday night.

blankMeanwhile in Rehoboth

In Rehoboth Beach, the city went all out in expanding outdoor dining options for businesses along the main drag, Rehoboth Avenue.

The city took away some parking meter revenue by allowing restaurants to have sidewalk outdoor dining, with pedestrian access along the street, complete with traffic barriers.

The change brought mixed reviews. After all, one feels a sense of accomplishment when finding a spot on Rehoboth Avenue Others pointed out that parking is often available a block or two away.

Sugarfoot, Gilligan’s close

Sugarfoot, a restaurant and catering service in The Devon apartment complex on Pennsylvania Avenue in Wilmington is closing its doors. Sugarfoot, which had been around since the late 1990s, specialized in lighter fare.

Gilligan’s Bar and Grill in Milton announced it will not reopen. Cited was the coronavirus crisis and financial issues. Early this year, Gilligan’s closed a Lewes waterfront restaurant that had operated for 17 years.

Sadly, these two closings are only the start as Phase 1 gets underway on Monday.

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