Food and drink: Sonora, Sovana to open; Nick Filet expands; Naming beers and a Mr. Celery brew; Burger month at Iron Hill


Sonora Restaurant and Bar is shooting for a mid-May opening, according to a Facebook post.

The restaurant in the Brookside neighborhood outside Newark was the first location of beer-focused Two Stones, which opened its restaurant and headquarters in Ogletown, near Interstate 95.

Two Stones has grown into a six-restaurant group, with its own brewery in Delaware County, PA.

Sonora operated for a time at the David Finney Inn in old New Castle. It featured an eclectic menu ranging from chateaubriand for two to chicken and waffles.

Sovana opening May 19

The highly regarded Sovana Bistro near  Kennett Square, PA has announced it will open to the public on May 19.

Sovana has been closed since early 2020  after a fire heavily damaged the building, with the pandemic following a few months later.

The restaurant and staff received an outpouring of support following the fire.

Name that beer

No opening date for 1937 Brewing Co. has been announced. 

However, owner Delaware Park  has a contest aimed at coming up with beer brands for the establishment at the track-casino in Stanton. 

The brewery at Delaware Park comes with a reported $1.75 million price tag. 

In October, a  Delaware Park executive told Delaware Online  (subscription) the brewery was an outgrowth of the popularity of the casino’s beer events.

Brewpubs are popping up at gaming venues these days as a way to draw younger patrons and craft beer lovers who are known to travel the region in search of new brews.

Speaking of beer, Wilmington Brew Works is rolling out a beer honoring Wilmington Blue Rocks mascot Mr. Celery.

The pale ale will only be available at Frawley Stadium. (See below)

Nick Filet expanding to  West Chester and Orlando

A Delaware Valley chain specializing in fast-serve filet mignon and lobster is making plans to expand to Florida.

Nick Filet announced plans to expand to a dozen locations in a release in QSR Magazine. Most of the growth will take place in the Dallas area.

The company plans to open its second franchise store this month in the Orlando, FL area, with its third company-owned store opening in West Chester. 

The company did not initially respond to an inquiry on whether it has any plans for Delaware. The filet shop has an outpost in Cape May, NJ.

A quarter-pound filet runs about $10 (less than burgers at your local brewpub) with a lobster and filet combo selling for under $20.

Burger Month back at Iron Hill with a new format

Wilmington-based Iron Hill is again running its month of burgers in  May.

The format is a little different this year.

A dozen specialty burgers have been on the menu, with three offered each week. In the past, a different burger was offered during each day of the month.

Iron Hill, which got its start in Newark, has 21 restaurants and in-house brewing sites in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, South Carolina, and Georgia.

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