Dining: Wilma’s to offer New Orleans fare; Grain to STAR campus;New name, menu for Wood Fired Pizza


Wilma’s to offer New Orleans-style cuisine.

Buccini/Pollin’s Wilma’s on North Market Street will offer more than duckpin bowling and drinks.

The long-awaited entertainment site on the Rodney Square end of Market  will feature New Orleans-style cuisine in a setting with the look and feel of a  Big Easy dining destination.


Wilma’s will be open for lunch, dinner, and brunch with New Orleans mainstays such as gumbo, Poboy sandwiches, catfish, smoked alligator sausage sliders, and beignets.

The chef at Wilma’s is James Sparks, who has been working on Buccini/Pollin erly wasGroup’s hospitality side and chef at Ulysees gastropub in north Wilmington.

 Click here for a look at the menu.

Grain’s second Newark location

Food writer Eric Ruth wrote  a nice piece on constructing the new  Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen location on the UDaily website.

Grain is readying its second Newark location on the University of Delaware STAR Campus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in the new FinTech building. A mid-2022 opening is planned.

Jim O’Donoghue (left) and Lee Mikles, UD alumni owners of Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen, unveil blueprints for their latest location. Photo by Evan Krape.

Owners are UD alums Jim O’Donoghue and Lee Mikles, who grew Grain from its original Newark Main Street site to four locations.

Ruth noted that the new restaurant space aims to foster the kinds of collaboration, connection, and idea-sharing that align with STAR’s mission.

“We started as a Delaware-centric brand, and we’re proud of being UD grads,” Mikles said. “We really want to celebrate that.”

Owners say the restaurant will follow the Grain blueprint of favorites, such as fried pickle slices,  sprinkled with offerings unique to the individual location. The UD Grain will feature produce from the university.

Click here for a link to the full story.

Wood Fired Pizza has a new name, new menu, bar service

Wood Fired Pizza Shop in Newark has a new name and an expanded menu. 

The establishment on Cleveland Avenue is now  Pizzeria Mariana.

The menu has been expanded to include a bar,  pasta dishes, charcuterie, and more than a dozen varieties of pizza, still cooked in a wood-fired oven.

Under its previous owner, Wood Fired started as a food truck and later moved into the location at the end of Newark’s auto row. The shop pretty much stuck to pizza.

Mariana is closed Mondays but is open on other days for lunch, dinner, pick up, and delivery. The restaurant is open until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday in keeping with its college town location.

No comps for White Clay Creek Country Club

Finally, new owners of Delaware Park, for now won’t offer gaming comps and points that can be used at the White Clay Creek Country Club,  home of the At the Rail restaurant. Comps and points can still be used at Delaware Park itself.

The county club remains under the ownership of the Rickman family, which sold the horse track and casino to a Canadian investment group.

“We look forward to exciting new developments with the racetrack and casino, as well as a partner program with the club, so our guests may continue to enjoy its many amenities,” according to a Delaware Park social media post.