Category: Hospitality

In restaurant industry, old and new challenges on the plate

Economic Forecast: Restaurants After four years of what SoDel Concepts President Scott Kammerer calls “unparalleled growth,” he expects to focus on “all aspects of quality and services in our [11] restaurants to make sure our standards remain high, and our customers are having the best experience possible.” As restaurateurs look ahead at 2020, there is…

Pike Creek finally gets fresh shellfish done right

For Delaware’s seafood lovers, the struggle is real. For so long, we’ve suffered through a succession of restaurants that are either too high-priced to suit our cash flow, or too mired in that drowsy, pre-millennial mindset, clinging stubbornly to their stuffed flounder entrees and complimentary Captain’s Crackers. What we always needed here was a fairly…

Domaine Hudson gets new owners, soon a new look

WILMINGTON – Domaine Hudson, one of Delaware’s most prestigious and well-known restaurants, has been purchased by brothers who work at the nearby Washington Street Ale House along with an investor. Tony and Michael Bomba and John Ratliff, a longtime owner of a middle-market, merger-and-acquisition advisory firm in West Chester, Pennsylvania, completed the purchase of the…

These inmates Beat Robbie Jester … and they hope to beat the odds

Let’s get this out of the way first. The James T. Vaughn Correctional Center in Smyrna is a scary place. I was there for 90 minutes very recently, escorted by some very nice, very professional people and a warden who is passionate about preparing inmates for re-entry, but it is unimaginable what it must be…

Viewpoint: Excessive lodging taxes unfairly single out hotels and their guests

By Bill Silva and Bill Sullivan Guest columnists Governments across Delaware have targeted hotel guests who come to Delaware on business and pleasure to be a source of additional tax revenue. It’s a classic case of taxation without representation, leaving only the industry to speak for them. The tax assessments have gone essentially unopposed. The…

Michael Kelly, McCarter & English chairman

Michael Kelly knows it’s time for a change, and maybe a little rest and relaxation. The fourth-generation Wilmingtonian and co-owner of Kelly’s Logan House in Trolley Square is stepping down as the chairman of McCarter & English after 10 years in the role. Why now? Kelly said the reasons span the personal and the professional. To start,…

Thanks to EDGE, the dream of opening a restaurant is coming true

Tomeka Crawford has known that she wanted to own a restaurant since she was 10 years old and she and her mom cooked together. She breaks out in a huge grin when asked how she felt when she heard she won an EDGE grant that will enable her to open Tomeka’s Homestyle Eatery soul food…