Meals & Drink: Delicious bids adieu; Harry’s Covid-killing air purifying system; Duck Donuts flies to Rehoboth; carryout drink extension; Iron Hill opens brewery that acquired away; To-go drink extension


Scrumptious, a low-key breakfast and brunch spot in Wilmington’s Trolley Square neighborhood is closing.

As the announcement noted, the decision wasn’t entirely driven by finances. Like many restaurants, loyal customers came to its aid and encouraged owners to soldier on.

At the same time, long hours with small staff take their toll and it is likely we will see many more such closings in 2021.

Below is a Facebook post announcing the closing.

Harry’s Hospitality installs Covid killing purifying system

Harry’s Hospitality Group has installed ActivePure Technologies air purifying technology at its Harry’s Savoy Grill and Kid Shelleen’s restaurants in the Wilmington area.

According to a release, the system eliminated 99.9 percent of highly concentrated airborne coronavirus virus in an enclosed setting in three minutes.

The company cites tests from theUniversity of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), which primarily tests for the U.S. military and the Centers for Disease Control.

ActivePure is installed as part of HVAC systems or as the core technology inside the company’s portable air purification units. ActivePure Technologies currently sells about 500,000 ActivePure units annually.

Harry’s Savoy Grill was earlier featured on a late-night airing of the TV series, The Best Thing I Ever Ate. The featured dish was Harry’s prime rib, an offering that can make one hungry, even in the late-night hours.

Another Texas company installed a Covid-fighting air-purify8ing system at the Farmers insurance operation on the north edge of the state near Concord Pike.

Iron Hill opens location that Delaware law nixed

Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant opened a production brewery and restaurant in Exton last month.

The brewery is the focal point of the operation, which also operates a taproom with a smaller bar food menu than the company’s other locations in the Delaware Valley, South Carolina, and Atlanta. Iron Hill has been brewing its beer at its 20 locations but needed to add capacity as well as a canning line.

The Wilmington-based restaurant group headed north, due in part to a curious Delaware law that limits owners to three brewpubs. Iron Hill has locations in Newark, Wilmington, and Lewes-Rehoboth.

There were reports that Iron Hill was eying the former Don Pablo’s location near Christiana Mall, which remains vacant and will require more rehab work as each year passes.

The brewpub limit mirrors another odd law that limits an owner to two liquor stores.That limit was reportedly passed under pressure from liquor store owners as a way to rein Total Wine and More.

Total Wine responded by operating one of the nation’s largest beverage stores in Claymont. Total Wine now has more than 100 stores nationwide, with two in northern Delaware.

Proposed legislation calls for the number of brewpubs to be raised to five, with the state’s brewers also allowed to make the popular seltzers.

House Speaker wants to keep to-go adult beverages for another year

Delaware House Speaker Pete Schwartzkopf wants the keep carryout drinks around for another year.

A bill introduced by Schwarzkopf would continue to allow to-go adult beverages service offered by restaurants and bars into 2022. To-go drinks are now allowed until March.

The to-go drinks that include beer and wine stand in stark contrast to the refusal by lawmakers to allow wine shipping. Delaware is one of a handful of states that ban such shipments.

Duck Donuts flies into Rehoboth

Duck Donuts last month opened its first franchise location in Rehoboth Beach. A franchise has proved to be a popular destination on Newark’s Main Street. The shop got its name from the original location on North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

Owned by Julia and Charles (Buff) Vaughan, the store is located at 33 Wilmington Avenue in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, in the shops attached to The Avenue Inn & Spa.

The Vaughans, who live in nearby Milton, are both retired stagehands at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

The 824-square-foot retail store will double in size to 1,551 square feet by this summer for inside seating.

In addition to doughnuts, the Rehoboth Beach location serves Duck Donuts’ coffee blends as well as sandwiches, frozen beverages and ice cream.

Duck Donuts specializes in made-to-order donuts. Customers can create their own doughnut combination by choosing from a variety of coatings, toppings, and drizzles.

The store currently offers takeout and curbside pickup.

Duck Donuts has 98 open U.S. franchise locations, one international site, and more than 145 additional contracts in 27 states and three countries.

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