Helen’s Sausage House, well-known beyond its Smyrna-area roots, is opening its second location in Newark on Saturday.
Run by Clifford J. Murphy III, Helen’s grandson, and the third-generation owner, this second location on Main Street is located in the former Post House restaurant – more recently, a Duck Donuts store.
“We can’t wait to serve the Newark community. Locals who have been making the commute to Smyrna have been asking us to expand up here for years, so we’re excited to finally be here,” Murphy said. “We’re looking forward to introducing Helen’s to University of Delaware students too. They don’t know what they’ve been missing.”
Helen’s became nationally known due in part to those attending NASCAR weekends and others heading to the beach. It remained popular even after the construction of Route 1, which bypassed the restaurant.
Helen’s full menu will be available in Newark, including its bone-in pork chop sandwiches and the same Kirby and Holloway sausage and scrapple. While the emphasis is on pork, omelets, fried bologna sandwiches, and other items are offered.
Murphy said he is making one significant change. The Newark location will be taking both cash and credit/debit cards for payment. Smyrna will remain cash only.
“I’m not messing with what’s been working for 40 years. Customers come here because they know they can expect consistent quality and good food. I’ll make sure that’s true in Newark too,” Murphy said.
The Newark location, at 145 E. Main St., will serve breakfast and lunch from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day but Sunday. There will also be late-night hours from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.