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 longnecksunriserotaryclub.com/dinelongneck.

Milford restaurant offering free meals for those in need

MILFORD — Brothers Franco and Sal Laragione have been feeding Milford and the surrounding community for 30 years at their restaurant Mama Maria. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the brothers are stepping up to help feed those in need. Mama Maria will give out 10 to 20 meals a day to families in need, starting today. […]

Millsboro OKs Texas Roadhouse preliminary plans

MILLSBORO — Town of Millsboro leaders Monday formally welcomed Texas Roadhouse, approving a preliminary site plan – with contingencies – for a proposed western-themed steakhouse restaurant that would be sandwiched between the existing Taco Bell and a proposed Grotto Pizza in Peninsula Crossing. “Welcome to Millsboro, Texas Roadhouse,” said Millsboro Mayor Michelle Truitt. “We hope […]

Governor announces HELP for hospitality industry

DOVER — Gov. John Carney outlined a new loan program and modified state of emergency restrictions Wednesday in an effort to help the hospitality industry operate under mandates to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Under the Hospitality Emergency Loan Program (HELP), businesses will be eligible to receive state support in paying rent, utilities and […]

Akhibachi’s and Momma G’s join forces north of Dover

In December, local Dover chefs Dion Alston of Akhibachi’s and Gloria Grant of Momma G’s Soul Food and Jamaican Restaurant linked up to operate as a single entity out of Ms. Grant’s already established location on 5409 N. DuPont Highway in Dover. Since sneaking onto the Dover culinary scene back in 2016, Mr. Alston has […]

Milford eatery can reopen after addressing health code violations

MILFORD — A restaurant was ordered closed immediately last week after an inspection located dead roaches and crickets inside, according to the Delaware Division of Public Health. Live roaches were also seen at La Hacienda at 611 N. Dupont Boulevard during a nearly 2 1/2 hour routine inspection on Jan. 15, an inspector said. The […]