Food and drink: Jerry Deen’s returns; Grotto opens Millsboro location; Del. City restaurant rebrands; Dogfish adds no alcohol brew


Jerry Deen’s will reopen at 801 E. Seventh St.  on the east side  of Wilmington, with a public ribbon cutting at noon on  April 22.

Owner Charly Bass closed the original Jerry Deen’s about three years ago and since that time has been working on funding and planning for a future re-opening. The restaurant  operated for a couple of years at the old Post House location on north Market  Street.

“I’m so excited for this new location,” said Bass. “The amazing transformation of Wilmington in recent years has brought a vibrancy to the restaurant scene that, although injured, couldn’t be defeated by Covid. I am proud to join this impressive community,” she said.

Jerry Deen’s initially will operate as a catering and takeout location and will eventually add indoor service as  Covid restrictions are lifted.  Breakfast and lunch will be offered. 

“Arranging funding for a restaurant during a pandemic is a challenge,” Bass continued. “I am so grateful for the assistance I got from True Access Capital. They have helped me every step of the way. For a small business like mine, their expertise was critical for me to get to this point today.”

 Vandell Hampton, Jr., CEO  of Wilmington-based True Access Capital, said, “We are gratified that we could be part of bringing a well-loved restaurant back to Wilmington and further contribute to the city’s resurgence.”

  Jerry Deen’s will operate Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. until 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Phone orders can be placed at 302-543-6121 and online ordering will be  available at

Grotto opens Millsboro location

Grotto Pizza opened its newest restaurant located in Millsboro at 30201 Commerce Drive.

It’s the 23rd location for Grotto, which has stores in Delaware, Maryland and northeastern Pennsylvania.  

The location will feature the Grotto menu and a   ‘Backyard’ concept in the rear of the restaurant with an outdoor option 

“The growth and success of the Grotto Pizza brand is largely due to our longtime customers and their continued patronage from generation to generation,” said Jeff Gosnear, Vice President of Grotto Pizza. “The new backyard design and outdoor open area serves as both a ‘thank you’ to the families that support us, as well as a potential blueprint for the look and feel of Grotto Pizza stores as we look to the future and continue to grow.”

Delaware City restaurant to be rebranded

Delaware City Bistro and Barbeque  announced via Facebook a new name, Edna’s Kitchen & BBQ  with the tagline  Downhome cookin’ Delaware City style. 

The restaurant in the former Lewinsky’s on Clinton location in the river town also rolled out a new menu.

Dogfish Head adding a no-alcohol beer with a nature focus

It had to. happen. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery is rolling out a new, non-alcoholic wheat brew, Lemon Quest,  starting in May.

Lemon Quest will be brewed with real lemon puree, blueberry juice, acai berries, monk fruit, sea salt and special, Hopsteiner Polyphenol-Rich Hop Pellets.

Developed in partnership with The Nature Conservancy, it’s part of a year-long  initiative  aimed at encouraging people to get outside.

Dogfish Head is planning contests, giveaways, themed events and a variety of collaborations with other outdoor brands and active lifestyle icons.

The Nature Conservancy’s logo will be added to every package of Lemon Quest, with the brewer donating $50,000 to the organization.

Dogfish Head’s relationship with  the organization  began in 2007. Since then, they have worked to raise funds for the conservation of TNC’s preserved lands in Delaware, and to date, Dogfish Head has contributed more than $1 million  to support TNC’s Delaware Chapter. 

Dogfish President Sam Calagione and wife Mariah plan to take an “eco-friendly road trip from Miami to Maine to learn about TNC’s East coast initiatives.  Dogfish Head has opened a taproom in the Florida city.

To learn more about “Mother Nature, Let’s Do This!” and join in Dogfish Head’s exploration for outdoor goodness, visit

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