Restaurant notes – Bonchon to Newark; Deep Blue name returns; Bardea opens taqueria; New Castle dining weekend


Barda is adding a taqueria to its restaurant and food hall offerings.

Opening at DECO, the food emporium in the Hotel Du Pont building downtown is Taqueria El Chingon.

El Chingon is an outgrowth chef Antimo’s food served at the “family meal” for staff at Bardea’s Market Street restaurant, a social media post reported.


Offerings include Tacos al Pastor (pork and pineapple), beef cheek with mole verde and barbacoa, and chorizo with corn salsa.

Bardea is moving toward opening a high-end streak restaurant and operates a pizza stand at DECO.

As for the name Chingon, definitions range from “awesome” to “badass” to something we can’t repeat here. The name has been used for restaurants in Philadelphia, San Diego, and other areas.

Bonchon coming to Newark

A fast-growing chain specializing in Korean fried chicken is coming to Newark.

Bonchon’s website has a coming soon listing for a location at The Grove, the mixed-use retail and apartment development at the former site of College Square Shopping Center.

While fried chicken wings, tenders, and drumsticks are featured, Bonchon offers other Korean specialties, such as pork buns and bulgogi – thinly sliced marinated ribeye, mushrooms, scallions, sesame seeds, and onions.

Bonchon has been adding outposts in the region, with West Chester and King of Prussia getting locations.

The company has 370 locations worldwide, including 100 in the U.S. The company got its start in South Korea in the early 2000s.

Deep Blue name returns.

The former name of a Wilmington dining spot has made its way to Cecil County, MD.

The restaurant at the Kitty Knight House in Georgetown, MD, has been rebranded as Deep Blue at the Kitty Knight House.

Jamestown Hospitality Group, which recently acquired the inn and restaurant, owns Tonic Seafood & Steak in downtown Wilmington. Tonic was once known as Deep Blue, a seafood-focused restaurant.

Jamestown also owns the Park Cafe in Wilmington and a catering operation and event-wedding space at the Tonic location.

New Castle Restaurant Weekend

Old New Castle is holding its first Restaurant Weekend next week under the auspices of the New Castle Community Partnership.

A half-dozen independent restaurants will participate in the event that offers a three-course dinner for $30. Click here for menus and other information.

Food truck venture for Division for Visually Impaired and Chick ‘fil A operator

The Delaware Division for the Visually Impaired announces a new partnership between its Business Enterprise Program and Chick-fil-A. Beginning on Feb. 1, a Chick-fil-A food truck from the Camden, DE store is making rounds at DMVs sites in Delaware.

The division hopes the venture is just the start for broader use of food trucks at state sites.

The Business Enterprise Program (BEP) is a federally-authorized program that trains and licenses individuals who are blind or visually impaired to establish and operate food service businesses in public and private facilities.

Food trucks have grown in popularity and added an option. Covid-19 restrictions led to cutbacks and closings at corporate and government foodservice operations.

“We are very excited to provide excellent food and service to our local communities in partnership with BEP while supporting Delawareans with visual impairment,” Terry Donovan, Chick-fil-A food truck director, said.

“This is going to be a great partnership for the blind community as well as for Chick-fil-A,” said Gary Pizzolo, a BEP vendor who is blind and co-chairs the Blind Vendor Committee. “By supporting the food truck and the vending machines at the state buildings, you are not only supporting vendors like me but our families as well.”