Dining notes: Celebrity Chefs’ returns; 1776 Steakhouse recognized; Arena’s exits Newark; Pond to open in April

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The annual  Celebrity Chefs’ Celebration will take place April 18-25 with a hybrid format.
 
Local chefs will pair up virtually with their celebrity counterparts.
 
Rather than a central location for diners, the event that Benefits Meals on Wheels, will use local restaurants, with dine-in or takeout service, complete with beer, wine and cocktail offerings.
 
The Celebrity Chefs’ Celebration will include access to a virtual program offering the chance to interact with the local and Guest Celebrity Chefs as well as a mixology tutorial.
 
Further information, including chefs and menus  is available here. 
 
Participating Restaurants
  • Bardea Food & Drink
  • Buckley’s Tavern
  • Ciro Food & Drink
  • Harry’s Savoy Grill
  • La Banca
Meals on Wheels Delaware is a non-profit supports   meal delivery programs serving seniors statewide.
 
Some props for 1776 Steakhouse
 

The  1776 Steakhouse on Coastal Highway outside of Rehoboth received recognition from the Cheapism website for being one of 50 under the radar steakhouses among the nation’s sites.

Despite the designation on a site known as  Cheapism, 1776 is not inexpensive, although its prices are comparable with those of other steakhouses.

The Cheapism list is worth checking out, since it appears to have kept the chains out of the ranking and focused on independents.

Actually, 1776 is fairly well known among diners, due to its long run in a beach restaurant market where steakhouses have come  and gone. 

So far, the two big gun restaurant groups in coastal Sussex, SoDel and Big Fish have not moved into the steakhouse niche, which has its challenges that include securing the best cuts of beef.

Arena’s checking out

Arena’s plans to close its Newark location on East Main Street.

The company continues to operate a half-dozen restaurants with a unique, deli and bar concept.

Newark restaurants and other businesses have struggled with fewer students on campus at the University of Delaware this fall and mostly virtual cases in the fall.

The Pond to open in April

The Pond will open in the former  former TGI Fridays location at Seacoast Plaza on Coastal Highway on  April 5, according to a social media post.

The long-time Rehoboth Beach restaurant moved out of the beach town after nearly 40 years.

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