Food now: George & Sons closing; Park Café’s empanada pop-up

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Delectablez, a vegan pizzeria, has become a full-time tenant at DE.CO.

This the diversity of Delaware’s dining scene is on display right now. Read on for news about empanadas, ramen, vegan food and Italian specialties.

While one beloved seafood restaurant is closing, another is still going strong.

Meanwhile, there are plenty of wine and food events with summery menus.


George & Sons, the seafood market and restaurant at 1216 Old Lancaster Pike, will close Sept. 3.

George & Sons 

Small Wonder Big Bite Pam GeorgeThe Esterling family recently announced that George & Sons, their seafood market and restaurant at 1216 Old Lancaster Pike, will close on Sept. 3.

According to the Facebook post: “We made it through Covid and survived for 13 years in a very challenging business, all because of YOU!!! We will be on a brief pause while new plans are being made, and we will miss you dearly until then.”

The business rents the old building, which requires much work, said George Esterling IV.

He’s eager to start promoting Rehoboth Bay oysters in northern Delaware and has already formed partnerships with oyster farmers to create a farm-to-table business.

He’s also involved with The Creamery in Kennett Square. He said his goal is to help George Esterling III enjoy retirement on a boat.


Feby’s Fishery in Wilmington is known for its specials, including a $29 lobster deal.

Lobster Special at Feby’s

Speaking of seafood, Feby’s Fishery in Wilmington is known for its specials, and we checked out the $29 lobster deal on Wednesday.

The 1¼ Maine lobster arrived partially cracked with butter, lemon and a choice of two sides. (Cole slaw and battered fries for me.)

Meals come with rolls that are worth the visit alone. Take home what you don’t eat there—you’ll thank me later.

My dining partner had the snapper special with mango glaze, which was expertly cooked.

To be sure, there is a reason Feby’s is a local institution.


Wawa wants to build a 16-gas pump convenience store on Elkton Road in Newark.

More Wawa on the way?

Wawa wants to build a 5,585-square-foot convenience store with 16 gas pumps out front on Elkton Road in Newark, according to the Newark Post.

If approved, the site would be the second location on Elkton Road for the convenience store giant, which is based in Wawa, Pennsylvania, near Media.

The other store is over the state line in Maryland. However, it is on the opposite side of the road.


Park Café’s three-course empanada dinner will spotlight Michelle Rodenheiser of Empánalgas.

All about empanadas

Park Café in Wawaset Park will host an Empanada Pop-Up Dinner on Thursday, Aug. 24, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

The three-course dinner will spotlight Michelle Rodenheiser of Empánalgas. On the menu: street corn salad, choice of three beef or mushroom empanadas and guava cheesecake.

The cost is $29 per person and does not include beverages or gratuity. Reserve a seat at


Rebel Ramen is coming to DE.CO in downtown Wilmington on Wednesday, Aug. 23.

Food hall news

Rebel Ramen is coming to DE.CO in downtown Wilmington on Wednesday, Aug. 23.

The concept, which also features bubble tea, is from the food-and-beverage team at The Buccini/Pollin Group, which has also opened Wilma’sMakers AlleyI.M. CoffeeStu and Sammy’s and the food hall.

“While we were fearless in our commitment to adding something new to DE.CO, we were careful about the curation of our noodle bar vision,” said Richard Snyder, the team’s vice president, in a press release.

“In developing our bowls, we paired our original [bone] broth concept with the intent to make sure we celebrated traditional ramen while still making room for customization and a new experience every time you visit,” he continued.

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There will be five composed bowls, or build your own. Along with bubble tea, the kiosk will sell sake and beer.

For takeout buffs, DE.CO. has introduced an online ordering platform for pickup and delivery that lets you select items from multiple vendors in one place.

DE.CO also announced that Delectablez, a vegan/plant-based eatery, has become a permanent tenant. It’s run by Chef Tamara Earl, who as of Aug. 19, is selling vegan pizzas in select Shop Rite stores.

The food hall also holds events.

For instance, at noon on Sunday, Aug. 20, it will feature a “Til DE.CO Do Us Part,” a wedding-themed brunch with a live DJ and open Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar. Tickets are $60 each.


Faire Café in Wilmington is holding a six-course fundraiser dinner for Free Food for All.

Foodie Fundraiser at Faire

On Sunday, Aug. 27, Faire Café in Wilmington is holding a fundraiser for Free Food for All, which raises awareness about the need for accessible, high-quality food in inner cities.

The group organizes and distributes restaurant-quality meals once a month.

Chefs Andrew Cini, Jamilah Abdullah and Chaad Scott will prepare a six-course dinner, including coconut-corn soup, fried snapper and grilled chicken with a ginger-peach glaze. Tickets are $85.

Click here for reservations.


Shoppers can find heat-and-eat meals from sister restaurant Café Riviera at Metro Market.

Check out Metro Market 

Located behind La Pizzeria Metro, Metro Market is a hidden gem with tasty treats.

Items include heat-and-eat meals from sister restaurant Café Riviera, cheeses, meats, desserts and Wilmington Flower Market mustard.

The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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