COVID crisis takes bite out of business in Sussex

If 2020 were a movie, an appropriate title might be “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” Since COVID-19’s arrival in mid-March, business in Delaware has ridden a roller-coaster of sorts, punctuated by ups and downs of virus transmission and unemployment, a weeks-long shutdown for some industries, phases of reopening and quarantine demands of neighboring […]

Atlantic Social restaurant opens in Rehoboth Beach

REHOBOTH BEACH — A newly opened restaurant and bar off Del. 1 won’t let a global pandemic cramp their style. Atlantic Social is now open to those looking for a seafood eatery with fruity frozen drinks and an Instagram-friendly interior. Co-owner Zach Diogo boasts of the Rehoboth Beach restaurant’s unique menu, with East Coast-inspired entrées […]

New ice cream shop brings Christmas spirit to Milford’s summer

MILFORD — It may get hot in Milford this summer, but the new North Pole Creamery will keep downtown cool with frozen treats and Christmas spirit from the Santa House, a longtime fixture on Walnut Street. The ice cream shop, which had its grand opening Saturday, is owned by local entrepreneur David Pickerell and managed […]

Rehoboth commissioners update plan for outdoor dining and retail

REHOBOTH BEACH — With Phase 2 of the state’s economic reopening underway, the city of Rehoboth Beach removed a majority of the barricades on Rehoboth Avenue Wednesday, June 17. The commissioners agreed on May 26 to utilize parking spaces on the first two blocks of Rehoboth Avenue as a pedestrian walkway and to allow outdoor […]

A Slice of Magic Pizzeria appears in Dover

DOVER – Since it arrived at the same time as a pandemic, you may have missed the opening of a quaint little pizza shop in Dover. A Slice of Magic Pizzeria launched March 2, within the Liberty gas station on 5782 Forrest Ave. Owned by Dan Cain and Lloyd Wilson, it brings a combination of […]

Risky business: Dover, Milford adjust within challenging times

DOVER — An anticipated Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Brew restaurant, along with TenderBones Rib Shack, have yet to open in Dover, both caught up in what City Planner Dave Hugg referred to as “never-never land” amidst the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Mr. Hugg said the establishments have just been victims of bad timing during the […]

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 […]

Georgetown eateries getting help from town to expand outdoor dining

GEORGETOWN – To help restaurants shut down during COVID-19 get back on their financial feet, the town of Georgetown is taking it to the street. The plan, according to Georgetown Mayor Bill West, is to close off a portion of South Race Street between East Market Street and East Pine Street and place picnic tables […]

Long Neck club offers list of local restaurants

MILLSBORO — Long Neck Sunrise Rotary Club has started #dinelongneck, a program intended to promote local restaurants offering takeout. The club has a list of restaurants with their hours and contact information and a link to their respective menus online at