Swirling for 60 years: Legendary Grotto Pizza celebrates anniversary

REHOBOTH BEACH — Like the sauce circularly spread over the cheese on those doughy shells, Grotto Pizza founder/owner Dominick Pulieri’s success story is certainly sweet. But it didn’t start out that way. Sixty years ago, Grotto Pizza had a rather humble beginning. Rehoboth Beach had not yet become a huge tourist mecca, and native Delawareans, […]

Hungry for holiday crabs? Better get out the wallet

DOVER — This year’s crabbing season didn’t start out quite so hot for Smyrna’s Brian Hoffecker, as he remembers crawling inside his truck to go crabbing early one morning in March and his temperature gauge read 31 degrees. He then pulled out his cellphone, which displayed a wind chill of 21 degrees. Thankfully for Mr. […]

Drive-thru food bank in Milford addresses opiate use as well

Dozens of cars lined up outside Milford’s Lulu M. Ross Elementary School on Friday morning for an ad hoc drive-thru food bank and to receive Narcan, a life-saving drug reversing opiate overdoses. “There’s probably a lot of people around here who could use help,” said Dawn Dominick, a Milford resident. “I’ve known quite a few […]

Letter to the Editor: In defense of good food and good health

For more than two months, we have been playing defense with the COVID-19 virus, and it has been a good defense. But there has been no education forthcoming from our state on offense – optimizing our immune systems. With states reopening, I think this is particularly important. It is good to be proactive instead of […]

Letter to the Editor: Delaware needs restaurants more than ever

In so many ways, restaurants are the cornerstones of our community. They are the places people come to celebrate, to mourn, to break bread together or to just have a meal at the end of a busy day. They are the places people come to feel like they are a part of the community, part […]

Despite frustrations, Dover eateries eager to reopen

DOVER — Forget about profit margins, some Dover restaurant owners say they are just hoping to survive during the COVID-19 pandemic against long odds fueled by regulations the government hopes will stop the spread of the virus. “The rules keep changing and they’re not really stated (very well). I’m very frustrated,” said Ashley Figueroa, one […]

Sussex County restaurants getting prepared for restart

SUSSEX COUNTY — The countdown is underway for Monday’s Phase 1 economic reopening that allows Delaware restaurants and other retail businesses to open at 30% fire code occupancy — with social distancing and public health guidelines in place. Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts that encompasses a dozen restaurants from Rehoboth to Fenwick Island and […]

Customers have a beef: Virus causing meat shortage

CAMDEN — First it was hand sanitizer and toilet paper. Now COVID-19 has caused another shortage as the supply of meat is dwindling. This has caused meat prices to skyrocket over the last few months. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the overall cost of meats, poultry, fish and eggs increased by 4.3% in […]

Speak Out: Funding for school lunches

Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals will begin receiving assistance with food purchasing. Parents were notified of their eligibility for additional funding — about $370 per child. • So, does this mean the schools no longer have to deliver breakfast and lunch to neighborhoods? Currently, you have schools providing […]

State gets USDA funds for missed school lunch

Beginning this week, families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals will begin receiving assistance with food purchasing. Parents were notified of their eligibility for additional funding — about $370 per child — that will offset food expenses in a letter from the state earlier this month. Eligibility is determined when […]

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