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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...

Trending – Food and drink: Wilmington chef event a hit, Bayard House sold; Kitty Knight’s new owner, Bally’s Dover opens Royal Prime

Despite scattered criticism about the cost of events that had a per-diner cost of up to $275, all but one of Wilmington's celebrity chef dinners were sellouts. Tickets are still available for the Jan. 30 event at Le Cavalier with visiting chef Niki Russ Federman joining Chef Dan Sheridan of Wilmington's Stitch House Brewery.  Launched in December, the chef series included...

Food and Drink – Newark Restaurant Week, Wilmington dining deal, Bardea Steak, ‘most anticipated’, Peruvian chicken fad over?, What about Hamilton’s?

Downtown Wilmington has a dining deal in the New Year that only requires a cellphone. Between now and March 31, you can dine or carryout from a restaurant in the Downtown Business Improvement District and receive a gift card for 20% of your bill (before the tip. Five valid downtown restaurant receipts will lead to a gift card. Texting the name, dining...

PM Hotel Group adds D.C-based management company

PM Hotel Group announced its merger with Modus Hotels. PM manages the Hotel Du Pont and seven other hospitality properties in northern Delaware. Based near Washington, DC, PM is affiliated with Wilmington-based Buccini/Pollin Group, a real estate development company. Modus manages hotels in the Washington, DC area, Illinois and Philadelphia. “Our approach and values have been aligned with Modus’ for years. The...

M&T adds multicultural banking centers in Delaware

M&T Bank has  designated  eight bank branches in Delaware as multicultural banking centers and contributing $100,000 to a loan program and other resources intended to help Latino and Black small-businesses owners in Sussex County. The newly designated multicultural banking centers will offer banking and other financial services in customers’ preferred languages and employ bankers from the community who understand the...

State updates Covid quarantine, contract tracing guidance

 The Division of Public Health announced that it will implement updated Covid-19  guidance issued Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to shorten the recommended time that people should isolate or quarantine from 10 days to five days. The guidance comes as the faster-spreading Omicron variant appears. New cases are now running at a 1,000 a day...

Kent County program aids hotels, meeting facilities

Good afternoon, Things are not back to normal in the hotel-banquet business. While plenty of in-person events have been held or are in the works, employers, and organizations are still hesitant about holding larger get-togethers. Also, hotels and meeting spaces have yet to recover from the damage that came from lengthy capacity restrictions and closings. All of this comes on top...

Arson cause of Miller’s Ale House fire

The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s office has determined that the November 24th  fire at the Miller’s Ale House, Christiana, was intentionally set.  State fire investigators are conducting a criminal investigation in attempting to find those responsible.  A surveillance camera caught the suspect on the property near the ChristianaCare Newark Campus before and during the fire in the early morning hours. The sports...