Category: Retailing and Restaurants

Comcast this week announced the opening of its second New Castle County Xfinity Store at the Christiana Mall. This is the first Xfinity Store in Delaware to employ the company’s interactive customer model. The 4,000-square-foot center allows customers to learn about and interact with the latest Xfinity product and services. Xfinity stores are organized by…

Did your heart sink last month when you drove through Fairfax Shopping Center and noticed that the La Tolteca was closed? Luckily, the local Mexican restaurant didn’t close for good—it was merely preparing for a move down Concord Pike! The restaurant officially opened July 26 at its new location in Concord Square Shopping Center in…

McDonald’s franchisees are investing $14 million in Delaware throughout 2018 and 2019 on the construction and modernization of 20 restaurants. The local investment comes as franchisees across the country invest $6 billion to modernize U.S. restaurants by 2020. Improvements include modernized dining rooms and refreshed exterior designs, some of which will reflect local styles. The…

Chelsea Tavern, a downtown Wilmington staple, is adding a new indoor and outdoor seating area called The Terrace. The expansion will involve adding 60 new seats to an adjacent alleyway along Market Street. “This new dining area will give us something that no one else downtown has presently,” said Joseph Van Horn, owner of Chelsea Tavern. “Everyone…

Local schools step up to train restaurant workers

By Roger Morris Special to Delaware Business Times As Delaware employers in the hospitality industry struggle to find trained staff, programs to alleviate the shortage have cropped up across the state. These range from training part-time teenage workers to turning out professionals at the graduate-school level. “We have hired and continue to recruit employees from…

Grotto Pizza in West Bethany last week celebrated the completion of a new look. The renovations included new paint, flooring, tables, chairs, booths and televisions. The Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the changes. The company plans to apply the new style to the other 11 locations in Sussex County.…

Coastal Style magazine’s annual reader poll named Blake Gilbert, a server at Bluecoast Seafood Grill + Raw Bar in North Bethany Beach, the best server in Sussex County. “Blake is the epitome of professionalism in the hospitality industry,” said Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts, which has 10 restaurants along the Delaware coast. “He’s knowledgeable about…

(AP) — At least two Delaware State Fair vendors who had been selling Confederate flags and items adorned with the symbol have been ordered to remove those products from their inventory. The News Journal of Wilmington reports the vendors were ordered to remove the products Monday after the newspaper inquired about the fair’s policy. Fair…

Gov. John Carney on July 17 signed an act to amend Title 4 of the Delaware Code to allow 18-year-old restaurant workers to serve alcohol. The previous age-requirement was 19. The Delaware Restaurant Association supported the introduction and passage of HB 365. The rule change impacts all establishments with on-premises sale and consumption of alcoholic liquor…