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Feb 21, 2024

Coffee Shop, Bar Takes Flight In Downtown Wilmington

By Laura Moore, posted About 15 hours ago

When the creative minds behind the recently updated Front Street Inn decided to add a coffee bar, they knew it couldn’t be just a coffee bar – it had to have the same international flair as the hotel. That’s how the Concorde Espresso Bar took off. The Alfalla Hospitality Group took over the Front Street Inn in 2021 and renovated the space, transforming ...

Feb 21, 2024

With an opening planned later this year, a new joint venture between Wilmington food truck Banh Sai and sandwich shop The Half is sure to be a hotspot for locals and tourists alike.  Banh Sai owner Austin Belt said the decision to partner with The Half was a no-brainer.  “It all started years ago when we were living in Charleston, South Carolina,&rdqu ...

Feb 16, 2024

Choosing beers for a taproom is not a one-size-fits-all scenario, said Alex George of Bowstring Burgers & Brewyard in Wilmington. George, who is part of Bowstring’s leadership team, chooses what to sell at the Soda Pop District establishment on Princess Street based on customer requests. They often want local brews, and social media can influence which breweri ...

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Locals Cook Up Kitchen Concepts

By Randall Kirkpatrick, posted Feb 16, 2024

One of the unexpected impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic was the surge of shared and commissary kitchens, which partially filled the gap created by the need for restaurants to thrive or even survive in the altered food ecosystem.  The Wilmington area, with its condensed, restaurant-intensive locale, was at the center of this growth. Players in this arena include End ...

Feb 7, 2024

Brunch Thyme To Open In Brooklyn Arts District This Week

By Meghan Corbett, posted Feb 7, 2024

Brunch Thyme, the latest venture for On Thyme and Glizzies owners Corey and Phallin Scott, will open this week. The take-out-only brunch eatery located in the Brooklyn Arts District at 1124 N. Fourth St. will officially open its doors at 7 a.m. on Friday.   “Brunch Thyme is a cool swing on breakfast food but in an ‘On Thyme’ way,” Corey Sc ...

Feb 6, 2024

The owners of an Italian restaurant in downtown Wilmington have put expansion on the menu. They’re looking for a new location for Tarantelli’s Italian Ristorante, currently at 102 S. Second St. on the first floor below the Hotel Tarrymore. They want space for more seating, a larger kitchen, a larger pastry room, enhanced wine storage “and the abil ...

Feb 2, 2024

The Commodore Club, a floating social club and restaurant complex recently moved from the Cape Fear River to Wrightsville Beach Marina, became somewhat of a social media sensation this week. A photo posted by Ed Byrd (shown at right) on the public Facebook page Friends of Wrightsville Beach shows the club tilted to one side in its home at the marina. But ...

Jan 31, 2024

New Commissary Kitchen Slated To Open In Downtown Wilmington

By Elizabeth White, posted Jan 31, 2024

Jonathan Weathington has been a presence in Wilmington for quite a while.  He received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and has lived in the city on and off since 2005. He is most well-known for his role as the CEO of Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar – a position he’s held for nearly 10 years – and for takin ...

Jan 24, 2024

Wilmington Chef Among 2024 James Beard Awards Semifinalists

By Jenny Callison, posted Jan 24, 2024

Wilmington chef Dean Neff has earned a spot on a prestigious foundation’s "best chefs" list.   Neff, chef/owner of Seabird in downtown Wilmington, was named one of 20 national semi-finalists in the Outstanding Chefs category by officials of the 2024 James Beard Foundation’s Restaurant and Chef Awards. Semifinalists across 22 categorie ...

Jan 24, 2024

Ponysaurus Owner Talks Aesthetics, Wilmington Culture

By Audrey Elsberry, posted Jan 24, 2024

Creating the eccentric atmosphere in Wilmington’s Ponysaurus Brewing was a terrifying process, said owner Nick Hawthorne-Johnson. He and his wife, Rochelle Johnson, hoped Wilmington patrons would understand their vision for the inflatable dinosaurs and carousel horses.   “You pull all this weird stuff into this space — like it's either ...

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