Food and Drink: Helen’s Sausage House, Del Pez coming to Newark; Wawa ramps up catering; new SoDel brand


The iconic Helen’s Sausage House, is coming to Main Street in Newark.

According to a social media post, Helen’s, off Dupont Highway near Smyna, will open this fall in the former Duck Donuts location in Newark..

The rustic restaurant is known for its breakfasts, bone-in pork chop sandwiches, and busy parking lot. Helen’s is a hardy survivor and kept its following after Route 1 was built, and Covid-19 led to a temporary conversion to carry out.

Last year, the owner – a third-generation member of the founding family at the four-decade-old restaurant – indicated he wanted to add locations at Newark and the beach, according to DelawareOnline (paywall).

The Facebook announcement generated immediate buzz, with over 800 shares in a few hours.


Del Pez coming to Newark next year

To the east of the new Sausage House, Del Pez, will open a location at the Grove, the former College Square Shopping Center next year. Construction is underway on the building, according to the developer of the mixed-use project anchored by apartments.

It joins a number of restaurants at the sprawling site with breakfast and lunch spot, First Watch, also one of the buildings under construction.

Del Pez, a Mexican gastropub, is part of Hakuna Hospitality. The dining group owns DelPez and Santa Fe restaurants in Newark and Wilmington, along with Pachamama, a Peruvian chicken spot as well as a salad stand and taqueria. All three are in Wilmington’s Riverfront Market. Another Del Pez across the line in Glen Mills, PA, is slated to open later this year.

SoDel brewery brand rolled out

The SoDel Concepts restaurant group in Coastal Sussex County has rolled out the Southern Delaware Brewing brand.

SoDel owns the Thompson Island brewery-restraurant outside Rehoboth and its sister, Ocean View Brewing Co.

SoDel introduced the brand while announcing a beer that will honor Project Recover. This organization honors and locates missing servicemen who have been missing in action since World War II.

The brewery restaurants will continue to operate under their current names.

 In addition to 1776, Thompson Island will sell a T-shirt to benefit Project Recover. A portion of the 4-pack and shirt sales will benefit the nonprofit.

A couple of years ago, SoDel broadened its holdings beyond restaurants by acquiring Surf Bagel, a coastal Delaware breakfast spot with the potential for expansion to the north.

Wawa added to business catering platform

EzCater and Wawa Inc. announced all 1,000 Wawa locations are on the ezCater marketplace. Now, workplaces can order Wawa’s breakfast sandwiches and hoagies from 1,000 store locations across Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, Florida, and Washington, D.C., with further expansion slated for the South and the Midwest.

“Thanks to this new partnership with ezCater, we now have the ability to reach more business customers with our fresh offers, perfect for breakfast, meetings, and corporate events,” said Steve Hackett, director of Digital Experience, Wawa. “We see this as a great way to provide even more convenience to the business community.”

A release announcing the platform pointed to a survey indicating that skipping breakfast affects productivity.

EzCater has more than 100,000 restaurants and caterers on its platform, ranging from local independent restaurants to national chains.