Food & drink: SoDel’s Ocean View brewpub, Brew Works vaccinates,Walmart McDonald’s closing, Popeyes to Christiana

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SoDel Concepts plans to open a second brewpub in southeast Sussex County.

Ocean View Brewing Company will be located on the corner of Route 26 and Woodland Avenue. A spring 2022 opening date is planned.

The brewpub will be a short drive from other SoDel restaurants in southern Sussex County. The company recently announced it would convert the former Rope Walk in Fenwick Island to a Matt’s Fish Camp restaurant.

“We are so excited to bring a first-class brewpub to Ocean View,” said Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts. “We love the community, which has supported NorthEast Seafood Kitchen, also in Ocean View, as well as our restaurants in Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island. We have so many loyal customers in the area, and this has been a long time coming.”

SoDel Concepts opened Thompson Island Brewing Company in Rehoboth in 2019. The brewpub recently was named Delaware Brewery of the Year at the New York International Beer Competition.

blank“It seems as though we can’t make enough beer to satisfy all the craft beer fans who come to the Delaware beaches,” said Matt Patton, director of operations for SoDel Concepts.

“Thompson Island Brewing Company has been a huge hit, and we want to bring a similar experience to residents and visitors south of the Indian River Inlet bridge,” Patton said. “Ocean View Brewing Company will follow the SoDel Concepts tradition of providing coastal comfort foods, a beach-influenced atmosphere, and exceptional service.”

Like its sister brewpub outside Rehoboth Beach, the 5,000-square-foot, 200-seat restaurant will feature a beer garden. In cooler months, a fireplace will be a gathering spot.

Fisher Architects is handling the design, and the décor will reflect a modern beach house with touches of Americana.

“Ocean View Brewing Company will offer a whole lineup of new beers, but you’ll also be able to try some TIBC favorites,” Patton said.

The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner.

Currently, SoDel Concepts’ 12 restaurants are open for dine-in service or carryout.

Wilmington Brew Work employee vaccinates neighbors

Wilmington Brew Works is doing its part to help distribute vaccines.

Staff members got the opportunity for vaccinations last weekend through essential worker programs supported by the Delaware Restaurant Association.

Wilmington Brew Works took things a step further and applied to become a vaccine provider since it has a nurse on staff.

Employees at neighboring La Pizzeria Metro and Sleeping Bird Coffee who could not make it to the Dover vaccination event were vaccinated.

A Brew Works social media post pointed out that adult beverages were not served. No one says it is OK to have a beer immediately after a dose, although advice is mixed on whether to imbibe the night before or after.

Delaware McDonald’sowner/operator Michael Meoli announced the restaurant inside the Walmart in Camden will close at the end of March. All crew members can relocate to other Meoli McDonald’s locations.

McDonald’s has been phasing out the mall and in-store locations in favor of stores with drive-throughs.

The Meoli Companies, which operates two dozen McDonald’s restaurants on the Delmarva Peninsula, intends to open a new free-standing McDonald’s restaurant in Camden later this year.

Popeyes headed to the mall

Later this year have, two chicken chains will battle it out at Christiana Mall.

Popeyes posted a sign indicating it will open in a vacated food court.

The company and its popular chicken sandwich will take on Chick ‘fil A and its signature handheld. Popeyes, which touts its Louisiana roots, also offers spicy bone-in chicken and red beans and rice.

Another Popeyes is in the works at the former Denny’s on Route 273 near I-95, a short drive from the mall.

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