This season, the restaurant scene goes cosmo, offering more cuisines from around the world, but remembering local favorites, too.
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As for Haley’s restaurants—which include Lupo di Mare in Rehoboth, Bluefish Seafood Grill in Bethany, NorthEast Seafood Kitchen in Ocean View and Catch 54 Fish House in Fenwick Island—the big news is that brunch is now served at Lupo di Mare (247 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 226-2240).
Meanwhile, Sedona (26 Pennsylvania Ave., Bethany Beach, 539-1200) is now owned by Marion Parrot, who was the manager for 15 years before buying the restaurant from Spivak. With the aid of executive chef Tobias Adams, who previously worked at The Parkway, Parrot has added a tapas menu and Sunday brunch.
The Roadhouse Steak Joint (4572 Del. 1, Lewes, 645-8273) also has new ownership. In October 2008, Bryan Derrickson, who helps run The State Room and Heritage Inn, purchased the restaurant, which is in the Midway Shopping Center.
Derrickson comes from a family of prolific entrepreneurs. Brother Regan last year opened Ponos Hawaiian Fine Dining (1306 Coastal Hwy., Dewey Beach, 227-3119) and Nalu Hawaiian Surf Bar & Grille (1308 Coastal Hwy., Dewey Beach, 227-1449), and Delfinis Italian Restaurant (207 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 260-9106). Spencer Derrickson is the owner of Vine Wine Bar (211 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, 226-8463).
Managing multiple restaurants is familiar territory for Matt DiSabatino, who started in 2001 with Striper Bites in Lewes and moved on to Half Full and Kindle, which opened in Paynter’s Mill in Milton in 2007. (DiSabatino and wife Ali own Striper Bites. They are co-owners with Ian Crandall and Joanna Goode on the other two ventures.)
Kindle has moved to the old Books By The Bay location (111 Bank St., Lewes, 645-7887), where it will be closer to its siblings and the tourist action. The restaurant lost about 20 seats with the move, but outdoor seating in summer helps ease any pain.
Kevin Reading of Nage (19730 Coastal Hwy., Rehoboth Beach, 226-2037) has been in an expansive mood. He and wife Kelly earlier this year unveiled Lotus Spa, Salon and Wellness, which completely took over the old Salon Fur location in Rehoboth Beach, where Lotus had a smaller space. Last June, Reading expanded Nage into the old Afishionado Seafood Market.
A new private room can handle parties of up to 40 people. The dining room now has 95 seats, and there are 25 seats at the bar. “We added a whole bar area for a wine bar concept,” Reading says. “We have 21 to 26 wines by the glass and we’ve added some interesting draft beers.” The lounge-like atmosphere has inspired a new tapas menu. A tasting of three nibbles is just $6.
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