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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...

Brandywine Festival of the Arts returns in September

The Brandywine Festival of the Arts, returns to Brandywine Park on Sept. 10-11 with 240 artisans displaying and selling their works. Food, music, children's activities, pet adoption and vaccination  opportunities will also be offered. The vendors, including 40 who are exhibiting at the festival for the first time, include painters, photographers, jewelry makers, ceramicists, woodcrafters, and fabric artists. One top...

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...

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...

Concord Mall’s lost Burger King

New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer  Thursday could not resist getting a peak at a Burger King that closed more than a decade ago but remained intact. Meyer posted the video Wednesday  of a Burger King space  that was never leased to another tenant at the aging mall. A temporary promotional wall typically used when stores close hid the fast-food spot,...

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...

Tony Luke’s owners plead guilty to payroll tax scheme

Tony Luke's owners Anthony Lucidonio, Sr., 84, of Philadelphia, and his son Nicholas Lucidonio, 56, of New Jersey, pleaded guilty to tax fraud charges on Monday in U.S. District Court in Philadelpia. The father (Tony Luke, Sr.) and son, who were indicted in July 2020, are owners of Tony Luke’s, a well-known cheesesteak stand in south Philadelphia. In...

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...

Food & Drink: 2 chefs named James Beard semi-finalists; Blue Coast heads north for Point to Point; Cullen now wine importer

The James Beard Awards announced two Delaware chefs as regional semi-finalists for the Mid-Atlantic Region. The region includes the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. They are: - Antimo DiMeo, Bardea Food & Drink, Wilmington.- Bill Hoffman, The House of William & Merry, Hockessin. Bardea, located on Market Street in downtown Wilmington has become nationally known...

Restaurant notes – Bonchon to Newark; Deep Blue name returns; Bardea opens taqueria; New Castle dining weekend

Barda is adding a taqueria to its restaurant and food hall offerings. Opening at DECO, the food emporium in the Hotel Du Pont building downtown is Taqueria El Chingon. El Chingon is an outgrowth chef Antimo's food served at the "family meal" for staff at Bardea's Market Street restaurant, a social media post reported. Offerings include Tacos al Pastor (pork...

Our view: Restaurants breathing a little easier with Friday end to mask mandate

Hello everyone, The Delaware restaurant industry is breathing a sigh of relief over the end of the mask mandate on Friday Some people fled to restaurants in adjacent states that did not have the mandate, even with the added miles and sales taxes. It was one more blow to an industry that is still dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic and wave of...

Report outlines struggles facing Delaware restaurants

A report from the Delaware Restaurant Association indicates that the industry is still struggling with a Covid-19 surge, inflation, reduced sales, a labor shortage, and supply chain delays. Employment in the hospitality industry remains down by 4,300 positions from pre-pandemic levels, despite the end of capacity limits and other restrictions. "It’s dangerous to see restaurants open and think that...

Business people: Jan. 31, 2022

New State Chamber board members  The Delaware  State Chamber of Commerce announced the following new members of its board of directors. - Catherine M. Bassett, Mountaire Farms- Steven Chambliss, Christiana Mall/Brookfield Properties- John Gooden, M. Davis & Sons, Inc. DSCC’s Board of Directors will see a change in leadership with outgoing Katie K. Wilkinson of Fulton Bank passing the gavel to Nick...