Dining: Le Cavalier adds lunch; Ava’s opens in Rehoboth; Chase snaps up media sites; Colbie’s chicken opens Monday; Thighs at Wingstop

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Le Cavalier at the Hotel Du Pont in Wilmington is adding lunch service and expanding dinner service to include Monday nights. The restaurant now operates seven days a week, 365 day a year service.

The  “French brasserie,” named one of Philadelphia Magazines Top 50 Restaurants, had limited service to breakfast, dinner, and Sunday brunch, nothing unusual in this period of staff shortages.

Chef-partner Tyler Akin’s lunch menu will be available Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The menu will include signature salads and The Le Big Cav Burger, previously only available during brunch, Merguez (sausage), and crab cake sandwiches round out the menu.  

Reservations are available via OpenTable

Ava’s Pizzeria opens in Rehoboth

Ava’s Pizzeria and Wine Bar has opened  in the stronghold of Grotto and Nicola in  Rehoboth Beach.

The restaurant on Baltimore Avenue is starting out with a smaller menu at the former location of Jake’s, which closed in 2017. It will feature the increasingly popular Detroit-style pan pizza.

Ava’s is part of a small chain that owns the nearby Theo’s steakhouse in Rehoboth. Owners have other Ava’s and Theo’s in Cambridge and St. Michael’s, MD. as well as an all-burger joint in St. Michael’s

The departure of Jake’s and other mainstay restaurants led to brief worries of vacancies in the beach town.

However, real estate is a hot commodity with Rehoboth becoming nationally known (the commander in chief has a home nearby).

JP Morgan Chase gobbles up  restaurant review platform

JPMorgan Chase signed an agreement to acquire The Infatuation, a restaurant review platform.

JPMorgan Chase will acquire The Infatuation’s entire holdings, which technically puts the financial services giant in the content business.

JPMorgan Chase manages an extensive credit card portfolio and wants to add perks for customers who use plastic for higher-end dining.

The Chase credit card business is headquartered in Wilmington.

“We’ve long admired The Infatuation’s fresh approach to reaching people with relatable content that inspires new ways to experience life through food and drink, whether it’s down the street or across the globe,” said Marianne Lake co-CEO of Chase. “We look forward to building on our complementary missions of connecting people to experiences around a shared passion for dining.”

The Infatuation will retain its independent point of view and operate as a distinct brand under JPMorgan Chase.

Founded in 2009. The Infatuation is an editorial platform built with real people sharing real opinions to help find the best restaurant for any situation. In addition to its regional presence across 50 cities in the U.S. and abroad, The Infatuation also connects with consumers via its mobile app, live dining events and experiences, a membership program offering perks and discounts, and through a food festival.

Wingstop adds thighs to menu

Facing a long-running shortage of its namesake, Wingstop is turning to more plentiful thighs.

The franchiser has launched a virtual brand, Thighstop, with the dark meat piece joining the menu for pickup and delivery.

Offerings include bone-in thighs and boneless Thigh Bites. Wingstop’s bone-in thighs and boneless, breaded Thigh Bites can be served plain or with 11 different sauces.

Wingstop has northern  Delaware locations on Kirkwood Highway, Bear, and Newark.

Colbie’s opening Monday

Colbie’s Southern Kissed Chicken will open its first Delaware location on Monday at 11 a.m. 

The venture from the owner of local Red Robin franchises operates a location in Mount Holly, NJ., with another on the way in the Orlando, FL, area.

The location on Stanton Christiana Road near Delaware Park will feature a drive-thru and indoor and outdoor seating. 

Colbie’s hopes to tap into strong demand for boneless chicken pieces, biscuits, and nuggets that have been mainstays at the Zaxby’s and Bojangle’s chains.

 

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