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Dan Butler’s BlueBird brings breakfast, lunch happiness

Pam GeorgeHeadlines, Charity

Dan Butler is unafraid to take risks. In 1991, the Culinary Institute of America graduate opened Griglia Toscana in Trolley Square. At the time, most Italian restaurants served red “gravy” and meatballs. However, Butler offered artisanal pizza from a wood-burning oven, grilled veal and hard-to-find risotto. He wasn’t afraid to mess with success; he’s tweaked Toscana several times. It’s now Piccolina …

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Wilmington’s office-to-housing conversions add energy to city

Peter OsborneBusiness, Headlines

Chris Buccini bristles when he hears people talk about sky-high vacancy rates and slow demand in downtown Wilmington. “When I look at the Northern Delaware market, we have probably had our best year ever,” says one of the three founders of Buccini/Pollin Group (BPG).  “We’ve always been a big corporate town with companies like DuPont and MBNA, so we have …

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Wilma’s hopes for strike with duckpin bowling, New Orleans dining

Betsy PriceFood, Headlines

Wilma’s opened Friday on Market Street in Wilmington.   Wilma’s, a new duckpin bowling alley and creole eatery on Market Street in Wilmington, ticks a couple of boxes for the owners and for future clients. The new restaurant — half vibrant colors for the bowling and half soothing streamlined earth tones in the bar and dining room  — starts by …

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‘Waitress’ to hit Playhouse with new lead actress, seats – but no pie

Betsy PriceCulture, Headlines

Jisel Soleil Ayon stars in “Waitress,” which starts Nov. 18 at the newly renovated Playhouse on Rodney Square. Photo by Jeremy Daniel When “Waitress” opens Nov. 18, it becomes the first show on stage in 617 days for the Playhouse on Rodney Square, which will be showing off a $1.3 million renovation. Jisel Soleil Ayon will take the stage as …

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Hotel du Pont unveils fresh ‘History Unscripted’ branding

Pam GeorgeBusiness, Headlines

The dining room of Le Cavalier at the Hotel Du Pont. Photo by Jason Varney.     When the Hotel du Pont opened on Jan. 15, 1913, a brand was something ranchers put on their cattle. But in today’s marketing parlance, a brand encompasses a logo, ad campaign, slogan and values. Together, these components evoke the “gut reaction” that customers feel …