Food Notes – December 2015

Chesapeake & Maine to Debut in February
Dogfish Head owners bring new restaurant to Rehoboth

In February, Rehoboth will have a new seafood restaurant, Chesapeake & Maine, in place of the former Finbar Pub & Grill, on Rehoboth Avenue. The team at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, which is located right next door, will manage the new venture.
The restaurant is inspired by Dogfish founder Sam Calagione’s childhood summers in Dogfish Head, Maine. The dinner-only restaurant, open from 4-10 p.m., will feature New England cuisine like Maine lobster. The restaurant will have a maritime theme, including oyster shell chandeliers and porthole windows.

In the meantime, the Dogfish brewpub next door will undergo a $4 million renovation. Dogfish Head will tear down the two-decade old establishment to create a new eatery, which includes an outdoor courtyard. Completion dates are TBA, although the brewpub will remain open during construction, which will be done in two stages.

Changes at Deep Blue
Restaurant gets new name and menu

Wilmington seafood restaurant Deep Blue Bar & Grill closed last month for renovations, but owner Dan Butler expects to reopen Dec. 1. Changes include a new name, which had yet to be announced at O&A press time.

Butler, who also owns Piccolina Toscana in Trolley Square, opened Deep Blue more than 16 years ago. The new theme will include a casual steakhouse focus, with an expanded bar area and televisions—16 of them. Cocktails, wine and 16 craft beers on tap will be available, along with additional bottled options. Gourmet burgers, pasta dishes, and seafood will be on the menu, with a focus on steak.

“It’s a modern American restaurant with really terrific steaks,” says Butler.
An expanded dining room is part of the changes, and there will be a 1,000-square-foot space for private dining for groups of up to 60.

“One thing we learned from Deep Blue —we don’t want to exclude anyone, like non-fish eaters, for example,” says Butler. “So the new place will be more inclusive.”

New Creole Eatery
NorthQuarter brings deep South cuisine to Union Street

Previously a catering company, NorthQuarter Creole opened at the end of November as its own eatery, featuring deep South cuisine like Cajun and Creole.

The restaurant, headed up by Chef Michael Goodwin, was inspired by his grandmother’s cooking. As a child he helped her prepare meals, which were typically southern-style comfort foods like chicken and dumplings. As he grew older he began to perfect her recipes—which he still makes today, some of which are featured on the NorthQuarter menu.

Goodwin brings more than 20 years of catering and cooking experience to the table.
Located at 837 N. Union St. in Wilmington, the restaurant serves lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner from 4-9 p.m. Call 691-7890 for reservations.

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