Category: Retailing and Restaurants

Ron Gomes and Mike Rasmussen opened Painted Stave Distilling, the state’s first stand-alone craft distillery in November 2013, in the Old Smyrna Theater. Earlier this month, they celebrated the bottling and labeling of their first batch of Diamond State Bourbon Whiskey. Legislation allowing the businesses to open wasn’t passed until 2013 after Painted Stave and…

Before Gov. Jack Markell and city officials cut the ribbon on two new MKT apartment buildings at 608 and 627 Market Street last month, 608 Market Street was already 61 percent occupied and 627 was already 13 percent pre-leased. New residents began moving into MKT 608 in July. Buccini/Pollin Group was awarded $1.1 million in…

By Carrie Leishman Delaware Restaurant Association & Delaware Restaurant Association Educational Foundation A Sept. 26 News Journal article presumably intended to inform readers about a lawsuit brought to a single restaurant by the Delaware Department of Labor, but instead succeeded in painting a biased picture of tipped employees and the restaurant community that provide employment…

Record company hotshot opens Stoney’s British pub

By Kathy Canavan Farewell, rock ’n’ roll — hello, fish ’n’ chips. Mike Stone promoted the biggest names in marketing when he was with EMI and Virgin Records and Warner Brothers. The Rolling Stones: (“Mick wouldn’t give you the time of day unless you were a good-looking model. Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood were just…

So Del Concepts bartender becomes gardner thanks to caring managers

By Kathy Canavan Chris Wertz’s life has taken a fairy tale twist, thanks to two restaurant managers. Wertz, who gave up his Brooklyn, N.Y., bartending job to move closer to family, made fast friends with the late restaurateur Matt Haley upon his arrival in Rehoboth Beach. Two years ago, Haley hired Wentz to barkeep at…