Food & Drink: Chicken eateries; Rehoboth Greene Turtle now Above the Dunes; Fusco water ice returns; Dogfish & Patagonia brew

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Raising Cane’s, a Lousiana-based chain of chicken tender-focused restaurants, is listed as coming to The Grove, the former College Square shopping center. The website for The Grove lists Raising Cane’s on its retail leasing map.

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Raising Can’s will join a battle for the stomachs of chicken-lovers in the Newark area. The chain specializing in chicken fingers started near the Louisiana State University campus and has grown to about 600 locations.

For those looking for Korean fried chicken, bb.q Chicken plans to open a location at 165 S Main St Unit 117.

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The bb.q Chicken is a franchise from a South Korean company with 1,000 locations.

Earlier, we learned that bb.q rival Bonchon will open a location in The Grove. Bonchon has about 350 locations.

To the east, Colbie’s Southern Kissed Chicken opened last year as a new brand for Red Robin operator Colby Restaurant Group. A short drive away, a hardy survivor of the chicken wars, Popeyes is putting up a franchise location at the former Denny’s off Route 273 and I-95.

Above the Dunes opens

It always seemed strange that you had to go to the Greene Turtle in Rehoboth Beach to get one of the best views of the ocean.

The restaurant has reopened as Above the Dunes with more of a beachy appearance.

The menu has some similarities with the Greene Turtle, with a few upscale offerings. Specialty drinks will also be offered.

Above the Dunes is open for lunch and dinner.

Fusco’s Italian Water Ice returns

A mainstay in Wilmington’s Little Italy neighborhood is returning after a seven-year absence. Fusco’s Water Ice will reopen on Union Street under the fourth generation of ownership. The stand is getting a refresh after the long absence.

Fusco’s water ice from freshly squeezed lemons was founded in 1957. Fusco’s will also offer catering for employers who want to provide the summer treat.

Aunt Bertha’s coming to New Castle

A small New Jersey restaurant group is announcing a late spring opening for a location on North DuPont Highway, New Castle.

The building formerly housed a Dunkin, with the doughnut giant adding a mini location nearby for its popular coffee, snacks, and breakfast items.

Aunt Bertha’s Kitchen offers southern cooking with offerings that include turkey wings, ribs, chicken, and mac and cheese.

Aunt Bertha’s has other locations in Lindenwold and Oaklyn, NJ.

Dogfish partners on brew using sustainable grain

Finally, Milton’s Dogfish Head and  Patagonia Provisions launched Kernza Pils, a lighter German-style pilsner beer made with Kernza, a perennial grain that helps draw down carbon from the atmosphere and sequester it in the ground, according to the brewer.

Hitting shelves and taps now in some markets coast to coast, Kernza Pils is the most widely-distributed Kernza-based beer.

In 2008, The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas developed a perennial grain called Kernza. Whereas most grains are planted and harvested annually, Kernza stays in the ground year after year, developing roots up to 12 feet long.

Perennial crops like Kernza protect soil from erosion and improve soil structure.

In late 2016, Provisions released the first commercially available product made with Kernza: Long Root Pale Ale, followed by the release of two additional beers, all with limited distribution on the West Coast.

“Dogfish Head first brewed a beer with organic ingredients in 1995, when we used an organic Mexican coffee to create our Chicory Stout,” says Dogfish Head founder and brewer Sam Calagione. “Since then, we have brewed countless beers with organic and regenerative ingredients and have partnered with numerous organizations committed to addressing climate change and other environmental issues, like The Nature Conservancy, to whom we have donated more than $1milllion collectively since 2007. While Dogfish Head has always been focused on introducing high-quality culinary ingredients into the brewing process in creative ways, this partnership with Patagonia Provisions allows us to go wide and deep on a delicious beer that shines a spotlight on Kernza, a hardworking grain that not only tastes good but does good.”

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