Restaurant notes: The Pond heading to Coastal Hwy; Grotto’s holiday pizza; Sowl opens;

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Another Rehoboth Beach mainstay is moving to a location off Coastal Highway.

The Pond confirmed it would move to the former TGI Fridays location at Seacoast Plaza in 2021.

The Pond took pride in being a spot frequented by locals.

“Needless to say, to leave this location after nearly 40 years was a very difficult decision. However, following several weeks of informal surveys, much deliberation, and amid lots of speculation, we decided to move to Route 1 was a fantastic opportunity,” a social media post stated.

The post noted that much of the customer base resides outside the city. The chain restaurant site also The Pond’s carryout and delivery business.

The site also allows for more room for live music, and when all of this is over a dance floor.

The Pond joins another mainstay, Nicola Pizza, in moving out of town.

Another Rehoboth restaurant, Agave, closed its Rehoboth location and was working on another site. It is now headed to the former Jake’s site off Coastal Highway.

While moves to Route 1 are a blow to Rehoboth’s restaurant scene, you may not see the far too numerous vacant storefronts we see in Newark and other downtowns.

Rehoboth real estate is still a hot commodity. Also, the election of Joe Biden, who has a house just outside city limits, will give the beach town a national profile.

Sowl opens

Owner Taron Booker has opened Sowl, featuring soul food at 601A Maryland Avenue.

Offerings include pasta plates with a spicy touch, Fried Whiting, turkey wings, fried shrimp, and peach cobbler. Sowl can be reached by calling (302) 502-2840.

Grotto Pizza offers the Gobbler

Grotto Pizza announced a seasonalpizza known as The Gobbler.

The Gobbler is loaded with roasted chicken, savory stuffing, and turkey gravy, topped with a blend of cheeses and cranberry sauce in a classic Grotto swirl.

“The Gobbler is our version of an over-stuffed celebration of fall favorites served Grotto style – it’s basically Thanksgiving dinner on a pie,” said Jeff Gosnear, vice president at Grotto Pizza. “Comfort food is something we could all use a little more of this year, and the hearty combo of classic Thanksgiving favorites piled high on tender crustmakes for a deliciousholiday treat we think our customers will enjoy.”

For more information about Grotto Pizza, visit

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