Food and drink

Food and drink

Food and drink: First Watch, Famous Dave’s, Kid’s, Dunkin’

Image courtesy of First Watch First Watch has opened its second Delaware location at Barley Mill Plaza, near the Wegmans market, which is slated to open late this month. The Barley Mill location is the second in Delaware for the 445-unit breakfast and lunch spot. The other restaurant is in the Christiana-Stanton area across from the Delaware Tech campus.  The new restaurant features...

Food and drink; 50th anniversary for Dover’s Roma; Nicola’s next step, Taco Festival;

Dover's Roma Italian Restaurant marked its 50th anniversary this week in an event hosted by the Central Delaware  Chamber of Commerce. Giuseppe Garramone moved from Italy to New York with $8.25 in his pocket and after working 16 years as a chef opened a pizzeria at what is now the location of the restaurant.  The elder Garramone died in 2020. In 1999,...

Delaware Burger Battle sold out

The 9th Delaware Burger Battle is officially a sellout. The popular event is returning on Aug. 27 to Rockford Park. Before its Covid hiatus, the  2019 Battle broke attendance records and raised more than $14,000 for its beneficiaries. “After experiencing our first ‘sold out’ Battle in 2019, the pandemic hiatus broke my heart, especially as our charitable purposes—alleviating food insecurity and...

Wegmans opening Delaware store in late October as it seeks 184 part-time workers

The  84,000 square-foot Wegmans Food Market near Wilmington will open on Oct. 26 at 9 a.m. The new store is at the intersection of Lancaster Pike and Barley Mill Road. The Rochester, NY family grocery store chain is still looking for 184 part-time workers. Part-time job openings include food service (dishwasher, pizza, cook), stocking (pricing, receiving, frozen, dairy), perishable departments (bakery,...

UD brews up beer industry certificate program

The University of Delaware is offering a brewing certificate program. Foundations of Brewing Science and Brewery Operations program. The program is designed to give participants looking to gain entry into the beer industry, or moving to new roles practical knowledge of the complexities of the business. The course will be taught by Brad Adelson, a veteran brewer whose resume includes Founders Brewing Company...

Food and drink: Burger Battle nears sellout, Squisito opens in Christiana, Rosenfeld’s closes Wilmington location;

The 9th  Delaware Burger Battle is nearly sold out. The event returns on Aug. 27 to Rockford Park. Before its Covid hiatus, the  2019 Battle broke attendance records and raised more than $14,000 for its beneficiaries. “After experiencing our first ‘sold out’ Battle in 2019, the pandemic hiatus broke my heart, especially as our charitable purposes—alleviating food insecurity and supporting culinary careers—became...

UDairy Creamery recalls some ice cream flavors

UDairy Creamery has been informed by a supplier of what it described as a "potential ingredient quality issue" in select ice cream products.  The creamery is advising customers to dispose of any potentially affected products. These include pints and half gallons of ice cream marked with the lot codes noted below. The containers were sold at the South...

Food and drink: Capriotti’s and pizza?, Brazilian steakhouse heading to mall area

The long-shuttered Don Pablo's near Christiana Mall  has been seeing visits from contractors. Now we know why,. A sign is up for CS, short for Churrascarcia Saudades, the locally owned Brazilian steakhouse at the Newark Shopping Center. Actually, word leaked out about CS last fall but owners have been mum on  future plans. Saudades has gained a following since its opening in...

Korean fried chicken restaurant chain Bonchon opens Newark location

A Newark outpost of Korean fried chicken chain Bonchon has opened at The Grove, the former College Square shopping center. Bonchon has 385 locations worldwide and more than 115 locations in the U.S. Offerings include fried chicken wings, drumsticks, and strips as well as kimchi, Korean tacos, and potstickers. Other area locations include West Chester, Philadelphia, and King...

University of Delaware brings back indoor masking

Citing a growing number of Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations in Delaware and areas over the past week, the University of Delaware is reinstating its masking requirement for all indoor spaces. The mandate became effective Tuesday. Delaware was recently listed as having the second-highest percentage growth in new cases among the 50 states. Face masks are to be worn indoors at UD except...

Kitchen Collective holds opening ceremony

On Thursday, Riverfront Ministries and Wilmington Alliance, in partnership with Grace Church, marked the opening of its commercial kitchen facilities for the newly-formed Wilmington Kitchen Collective for local food entrepreneurs. The opening was delayed from September 2021 because of supply chain issues. The Kitchen Collective is a community-based project dedicated to serving food industry entrepreneurs from marginalized local communities. Its mission...

Food & Drink – Maiale closes cafe, keeps food truck; Azteca’s birria; City Restaurant Week; Rosenfeld’s, Grain add locations

Owner Billy Rawstrom and Susan Rawstrom announced via Facebook and website that the restaurant side of Maiale on Lancaster Avenue just outside Wilmington has closed. "After 13 successful years of business, we have decided that the time has come to close the restaurant side of Maiale. The last two years have been difficult due to Covid, inflation, and lack...

Food & Drink: A toast to Gambrinus; Zelensky-Ukraine brews take center stage; Liquid Alchemy adds cider canning line

This year, with pandemic restrictions lifted, the Friends of Gambrinus is encouraging in-person celebrations of Delaware’s King Gambrinus Day, April 11, in tap and tasting rooms around the First State. The group hopes Delaware’s beer, cider, mead, spirits, and wine producers will celebrate the day with king-themed events, drink specials, and house toasts to the state’s industry and, of course,...

Food and drink: Ocean View Brewing opens, Fork + Flask closing; Friday-only bar at the Whist

Fork+Flask is closing its doors after an 18-year run. In a social media post, parent company La Vida Hospitality wrote that An opportunity has arisen for us to move on from Fork + Flask and allow the space to serve as a starting point for another great local business." Fork+Flask got its start as Nage, which at one time had a...

Delaware January jobless rate holds steady at 4.8%

Delaware’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in January 2022 stood at 4.8%, unchanged from December 2021.  Employment growth and the unemployment rate continue to remain well below national figures. The Delaware Department of Labor reported 23,900 unemployed Delawareans in January 2022 compared to 27,800 in January 2021. The nation's jobless rate was 4% in January 2022, up from 3.9% in December 2021....