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Opening of Grain in Trolley Square reminder of changes there

Pam George Food, Headlines

  The opening of Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen on Wednesday, May 11, is another feather in Trolley Square’s party hat. The stretch between N. DuPont Street and N. Scott Street is a hipster hive that can hold its own against most fun hubs in the state. But it wasn’t always that way. Here’s a look at what is and …

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Hamilton’s brings elegant fare to Newark’s Main Street

Pam George Culture, Headlines

  Hamilton’s on Main features this dining room on the front of the first floor.   For months, Newark residents and visitors impatiently waited for Hamilton’s on Main to open its doors. The anticipation grew when the restaurant hosted a private party last December, but an unexpected HVAC issue forced the hungry public to practice patience. The wait is finally over. Hamilton’s …

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Wine, dine with Italian count at Milford’s Benvenuto

Pam George Culture, Headlines

Conti Manfredo di San Bonifacio   It’s not every day that Milford-area diners get to dine with a count. But on Friday, March 18, Conti Manfredo di San Bonifacio will be showcasing his wines at Benvenuto, a Milford restaurant.  The count and the restaurant are a perfect pairing, said Diego Lascano, the restaurant’s wine and beverage director.  “We are a …

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Restaurants wrestle with pricing to cover industry cost hikes

Pam George Culture, Headlines

Bardea Food + Drink is one of the restaurants trying a temporary surchange to help them beat inflation. Photo by Valeria Boltneva/Pexels Since Valentine’s Day was on a Monday, many restaurants had four nights of solid reservations. The business was welcome, considering that most experienced a disastrous January due to mask mandates, bitterly cold weather and ailing staff. But a …

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3 courses for $30: Newark Restaurant Week returns

Pam George Culture, Headlines

Newark dining spots start their annual winter Restaurant Week specials Friday, Jan. 20. Photo by Sasha Aber/Home Grown Cafe   Development in downtown Newark has turned the college town into a dining destination, and you can witness that firsthand during the 2022 Newark Restaurant Week, which runs Jan. 20-26. Participating establishments will offer three-course dinners for $30. The event has been …

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Food & fun: Music, games on menu at many Delaware restaurants

Pam George Culture, Headlines

Shrimpy’s Bar & Grill in Rehoboth has sold out 55 weekends in a row, which the owner credits to singer Bryan Clark performing. Melissa Ferraro is an innate event planner. Credit her tenure as president of Rolling Thunder, a Delaware food truck association. The owner of Outlandish also has Sonora in Newark. But having a bricks-and-mortar location hasn’t changed the need to “put …

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Restaurants hardest hit by supply chain issues, Delaware experts say

Charlie Megginson Business, Headlines

While supply chain issues are affecting a lot of buisnesses, including delaying auto and furniture deliveries, restaurants are suffering the most, many say, Photo by Tom Fisk/Pexels   As supply chain woes spread through the business world, Delaware restaurateurs who faced massive COVID-19 issues are now facing a whole new set of challenges. They include rapid inflation and difficulty sourcing …

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Restaurants cut hours as struggle with hiring continues

Betsy Price Business, Headlines

Harry’s Hospitality has been running ads inviting people to work for them for a bit, or a lifetime.   Jeff Hammer, who runs five Delaware beach restaurants, has been running a help-wanted ad in Bethany Beach for more than a month. He’s had two applicants in that time. Hammer and other restaurateurs say they’ve seen no rise in applications since …

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Tavern on Kings promises ‘elevated’ dining at former Governor’s Cafe

Charles Megginson Headlines

Tavern on Kings has taken over the space formerly occupied by The Governor’s Cafe. Photo by Charlie Megginson   You would be forgiven for confusing the stately Dover mansion which houses Tavern on Kings for the governor’s official residence.  But inside the walls of the grand estate at 144 Kings Highway, you won’t find Delaware’s First Family. That house is …