Category: Hospitality

Salon and Spa sector at the beach morphs into year-round business

By Kim Hoey Contributing Writer Holly Klein is always hiring. On Saturdays, Klein, the general manager of the Rehoboth Beach Massage Envy franchise on Coastal Highway, says she could have 11 massage rooms booked from opening at 9 a.m. to closing at 6 p.m., if she had the staff. Down the road in Lewes, at…

In My Kitchen: Entering the pit with Nick Wallace of Limestone BBQ + Bourbon

Nick Wallace has a photograph of himself at age 5, sleeping in a homemade barbecue smoker. He remembers selling BBQ for Cub Scout fundraisers in Earleville, Maryland, using recipes and smokers that he and his dad, Fred Wallace, created together. And he remembers going to work at age 13 in a Chesapeake restaurant and finding…

Claymont Steak Shop serves up local franchise options

The Claymont Steak Shop has quietly launched a franchise program designed to bring its much-loved cheesesteaks to hungry diners beyond its three current stores in northern Delaware.  When you consider that its cheesesteaks have won eight straight Best of Delaware awards from Delaware Today magazine’s Upstate voters, it’s no surprise that the Claymont Steak Shop…

Dunkin’ Donuts sues local franchisees over undocumented worker allegations

By Abby Osborne Contributing Writer Dunkin’ Donuts has sued multiple franchisees over the alleged failure to verify employee eligibility to work in the United States, according to a report by Restaurant Business. The seven Delaware locations that fall under the lawsuits are in Hockessin, Fox Run, Millcreek, Trolley Square, New Castle, Elsmere, and Bear.  The…

Huge multi-use project underway at Claymont steel-mill site

By Ken Mammarella Contributing Writer One of Delaware’s biggest redevelopment projects is quietly moving forward in Claymont. Plans for First State Crossing have evolved significantly since the Commercial Development Co. (CDC) of St. Louis bought the former Evraz steel mill in 2015. The latest concept includes 3.75 million square feet of new construction, breaking down…

Food-truck boom yields new brick-and-mortar restaurants

By Pam George DBT Contributor When Norrawit J. “Wit” Milburn took his Kapow food truck on the road in 2014, the self-proclaimed “Thai Guy” was at the forefront of a culinary convoy. Food-truck fever had finally spread to Delaware, and entrepreneurs like Milburn were pulling up to festivals and farmers market to serve curious customers.…

The commercial casino industry in the U.S. reached an all-time high of $41.7 billion in 2018. That’s up 3.5 percent from the previous year, according to the American Gaming Association’s (AGA) State of the States 2019: The AGA Survey of the Commercial Casino Industry. Key findings include: The commercial casino sector—with 465 casinos—logged its fourth consecutive…

Driftwood Acquisitions and Development has announced its plan to redevelop 1220 N. Market Street in Wilmington into a 136-room IHG-branded hotel. The Florida-based firm, which purchased the 10-story building March 1, was the first to qualify for tax benefits under the Wilmington opportunity zone. These federally designated zones offer long-term tax benefits for investments in…

Bill Clifton, executive chef and co-owner of The Counting House restaurant in Georgetown, faced off with celebrity chef Bobby Flay on The Food Network Thursday night, getting to the final round before he… Lost with his signature dish, Corn and Crab Chowder with a Corn Fritter and Chive Oil.  But he did take time to…