Food & drink: Newark Raising Cain’s forecasts Feb. opening; UD Courtyard has new chef; Rosenfeld’s staying in OC; Nicola opens near Lewes


Nicola Pizza has opened its new location off Coastal Highway with a Lewes address.

Nicola, best known for its Nic-o-Boli stromboli, operated for a half-century in downtown Rehoboth Beach and was so popular that it operated two locations within a stone’s throw of each other.

After the closing of the flagship location in Rehoboth in September, Nicola took the time to move to the new location.

The Nicola buildings were earlier sold for $4 million to a family that operates a host of restaurants in the beach town.

The restaurant space has been taken, with the Bethany Blues barbecue taking one of the spaces.


New executive chef at Newark Courtyard

Jeff Brittingham has been named Executive Chef at the Courtyard by Marriott Newark – University of Delaware.

Jeff started his career in an entry-level position at our hotel under the leadership of retired Executive Chef Mark Chopko.

Jeff became Executive Sous Chef before accepting a position as Executive Chef at the Marriott Courtyard Resort in Marathon in the Florida Keys. Jeff also worked in several fine restaurants and hotels. 

Under Chopko, the UD Courtyard became well-known in Newark and statewide for its crabcakes.

Rosenfeld’s to stay open after all in Ocean City, exits north Wilmington

A change of heart by the landlord means Rosenfeld’s Delicatessen will be around for another couple of years in Ocean City, MD.

Owner Warren Rosenfeld explained via social media that building owner Steve Carullo, who owns a nearby restaurant, saw the outpouring of emotion as the kosher deli moved toward closing its doors this month

Rosenfeld had earlier decided to shutter the original location of the deli that now has three outposts in Delaware in Bethany and Lewes-Rehoboth. He cited the need for building repairs that made a short-term lease a nonstarter.

Carullo, who owns the nearby Dead Freddie’s restaurant, offered to delay demolition and pay for a large portion of the repair costs with the deli remaining in the OC location until at least October 2024.

Rosenfeld’s opened on Monday and offered free chicken noodle soup to anyone who bought a sandwich. The deli is taking a few days off give staff a restaurant and rebuild its food inventory and will reopen on Friday.

In the meantime, Rosenfeld’s closed its north Wilmington location after a few months of operation and after shuttering a location in downtown Wilmington.

The restaurant’s website removed the menu in the surprise development. Rosenfeld has not commented on the decision on social media.

Raising Cain’s to open next year in The Grove.

Chicken finger specialist Raising Cane’s is now forecasting a February 2023 opening for its restaurant at The Grove (formerly College Square) in Newark.

The Newark Cane’s will feature the brand’s new restaurant design with a large patio, parking, online ordering, and a three-lane drive-thru. will The restaurant will also feature an open kitchen, a popular feature in more upscale restaurants.

Raising Cane’s is bringing more than 100 new jobs to the area, with positions ranging from crewmembers to management. There was no breakdown on full-time and part-time positions.

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In addition to chicken fingers Raising Cane’s offers crinkle-cut fries, coleslaw, Texas toast, sweet tea and fresh-squeezed lemonade.

It will be the second chicken joint at The Grove, a mixed-use retail and apartment development on the east edge of Newark. Earlier, the state’s first Bon Chon Korean fried chicken restaurant opened at The Grove.