Food & Drink – Hotel DuPont’s Le Cavalier, Santa Fe to open; Nicola Pizza to relocate; Dunkin opens Newport location; Zoca adds market; New brews from Dogfish

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Word is that Le Cavalier at the Hotel DuPont’s Green Room is a couple of weeks away from reopening.

The unveiling will come after Wilmington was briefly in the spotlight over the weekend as former Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris formally launched their campaign.

Le Cavalier will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with a French-Mediterranean touch, according to press releases. In its early rollout, service will be dinner only.

Hotel owners Buccini/Pollin Associates and their PM Hotels affiliate previously recruited Tyler Akin, a Philadelphia chef with Delaware ties.

The Green Room space – which is remembered fondly by diners, but has often been deserted in recent years – received a needed makeover. A spring reopening was delayed by Covid-19 restrictions.

(See earlier story)

Le Cavalier at the Green Room new name for historic restaurant space at Hotel DuPont

Santa Fe returning late this month

Up the road on from the hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, Santa Fe Mexican Grill will return to its original location.

The restaurant near the city’s Little Italy neighborhood will feature Mexican fare when it reopens August 27 at a new luxury apartment complex built on the site of a former shopping center-office complex that once housed the restaurant, Stuart Kingston, Michael Christopher salon and other businesses.

After closing, owners opened another restaurant Del Vez on the Wilmington Riverfront. Santa Fe’s first location continues to operate on Main Street in Newark.

Nicola Pizza headed to Route 1

Rehoboth Beach mainstay Nicola Pizza is headed to out of town.

The restaurant announced via social media that it will relocate toOcean One Plaza in Lewes, on Route 1 in the fall of 2021. The existing location will remain open until that time.

Nicola has been around for nearly half a century and expanded over the years to two nearby locations to handle growth. Unlike rival Grotto Pizza, Nicola did not become a regional chain and retained devoted customers.

Nicola became known for its Nicoboli stromboli and pushing the envelope with spicy pizza.

“We will miss our downtown Rehoboth Beach family as Nicola Pizza was “born” here almost 50 years ago but we truly feel this is the best decision for the future of our brand, for our employees and our local customers.”

Please know that this was not an easy decision – to leave the home we have loved for so long – but an amazing opportunity has presented itself and we simply could not pass it up.

Stay tuned as the details unfold but just know we are very excited for what the future holds and we hope you will share in our excitement!

Zoca in Bethany opens a market

Zoca in Bethany Beach opened a market today, the Bethany-Fenwick Chamber reported.

The new market is located inside the Zoca Restaurant on Garfield Parkway. The market will be fully accessible from the front window, meaning you do not have to come into the actual restaurant.

The market will be set up “grab-and-go” style with salads, traditional Mexican sodas, fresh local produce, homemade salsas, and Zoca’s own sauces. It will also have a separate menu offering sandwiches, cold shrimp & chicken salads, and fresh dips (like made-to-order guacamole!) The items will be available in addition to the full Zoca Restaurant carryout menu.

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blankDunkin’ opens Newport location

Dunkin’ opened the doors to a next-generation restaurant at 705 W Newport Pike, Newport on Saturday.

The new restaurant is limiting service to drive-thru, carry-out, and curbside pick-up services.

On-the-Go ordering is available through the Dunkin’ app for drive-thru pick-up or curbside pick-up.

Once fully open, the restaurant will feature modern decor. with comfortable guest seating and modern.

As for the drive-through, those using the DD Perks smartphone app will bypass the ordering lane and head straight into the line for the pickup window.

With the new Dunkin,’ franchisee Pradip Saha owns and operates six Dunkin’ locations in Delaware.

blankDogfish brews honors effort to eradicate racial injustice, women’s right to vote amendment

Dogfish Head’s Rehoboth brewpub joined more than 1,000 breweries worldwide participating in theBlack Is Beautiful Initiativeand collaboration brew, a collective effort to raise awareness of systemic racial injustice.

Dogfish Head’s iteration ofBlack Is Beautifulfeatures aromatic caramel malt, kiln coffee malt, chocolate malt, black malt, roasted barley and organic dark brown sugar to create an complex Imperial Stout. One-hundred percent of proceeds will benefit theSouthern Delaware Alliance For Racial Justice.

Developed byWeathered Souls Brewing Company, theBlack Is Beautiful Initiative urges brewers around the globe to develop their own versions ofWeathered Souls’ 10% ABV Imperial Stout,Black Is Beautiful.

blankDogfish Head Brewings & Eats, Rehoboth Beach, joined forces with theLeague of Women Voters of Delawareto celebrate the 100thanniversary of the ratification of the 19thAmendment – the law that granted women across the United State the right to vote – with the limited-edition release ofCentennial Suds. A 4.5% ABV American Lager brewed with toasted rice, pomegranate, honey, hibiscus and rosehips, Making its debut on Saturday, August 22,Centennial Sudswill be available for curbside pick-up from Dogfish Head’sOff-Centered EmPOURiumin Rehoboth.

Centennial Sudswas an effort spearheaded by women who conceptualized, formulated and brewed the beer, and designed its label.

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