Food & Drink: Dover’s Hollywood Diner has new owner; BWW franchisee wins top honor; La Vida’s delivery operation; Quiet Resorts restaurant week


The landmark Hollywood Diner in Dover has new owners.

The diner was sold to the Arslan family. Closing on the purchase of the chrome diner on 123 N. Dupont Highway earlier this month. The family is already doing some renovation work.

“We’re planning on keeping it mostly the same with the exception of a few cosmetic changes,” said Ensar Arslan, the diner’s new manager. “We’re definitely planning on keeping its great, 1950s-style charm. My father, Ekrem, will be bringing his 25 years of experience in the restaurant industry to the place as well. It’ll be a family-run business and we’re hoping to turn it into a comfortable place where all feel welcome to fill their bellies.”

Ekrem, left and Ensar

The new owner, Ekrem Arslan, formerly owned and operated the Laurel Dutch Inn in Laurel until he sold it in June of 2019.

The Arslan family says the new menu will consist of typical diner fare with a comfort food twist. Although they’ve yet to settle on a new name, the family is hoping to reopen the eatery by 2021.

“There’s still a fair amount of work to be done on the inside and we want to make sure everything is right before we open the doors,” added Ensar.

“My family, my future staff and I can’t wait to get to know everyone in the community firsthand and to become a big family,” said Ekrem.

The property’s listing agent, Carl Kaplan of R&R Commercial Realty, said he is pleased the historic property will remain a diner.

“It’s a great location on Route 13 so it wouldn’t have been surprising to see a developer come along and buy it as a teardown,” said Kaplan. “We were really happy to see that not happen because it’s such a unique building. I know the Arslan family is going to do a great job with it.”

La Vida rolls out delivery kitchen

La Vida Hospitality, the owner of Fork and Flask (Nage) and other restaurants in the beach area , has rolled out Crave Delivery Kitchen.
The new delivery service offers access to three menus. Deliveries are in a limited area that extends from Lewes to Dewey.
“This delivery zone is limited currently as we work to gain more insights into our delivery experience. If you do not live in our delivery zone, we apologize and would love to hear back from you as to where you are located to see if this would be a future area of delivery that we may expand to,” a La Vida email stated.

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BWW franchisee wins national honor

During the annual Buffalo Wild Wings Conference, held virtually this year, John Bowie, Chief Operations Officer for Buffalo Wild Wings and Lyle Tick, President of Buffalo Wild Wings awarded Bobby Pancake and Steve Wheat of High 5 Hospitality the Franchisee of the Year Award.

Bobby and Steve currently own and operate 11 restaurants and sports bars. Eight are Buffalo Wild Wings locations.

They own all BWW locations in Delaware and the Bel Air and Salisbury, MD locations as well. In addition, they own and operate The Stone Balloon, Limestone BBQ and Bourbon, and Eggspectation. Globally, there are over 1200 company-owned and franchise sport bar locations.

According to John Bowie, this award was earned by Bobby and Steve for “Constantly encouraging their teams and other franchisees to be better and do better.”

In response to the announcement, Bobby Pancake said, “The recognition, the accomplishment, if there is anyone who must be credited, it is the leaders andteam members in each of our sports bars.”

An impressive restaurant week in Bethany-Fenwick

“The Quiet Resorts” want to see a busier offseason.

The Bethany-Fenwick area has announced Restaurant Week Delaware.

The event, which concludes over the weekend boasts an impressive 12 restaurants, a reflection of a longer season south of Rehoboth.

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