A popular slice of Newark is coming to Wilmington's Trolley Square – The News Journal

Similar to College of Delaware college students migrating north to Wilmington’s Trolley Sq. space to stay after commencement, the restaurant scene is about to do the identical.
Newark-based Grain Craft Bar + Kitchen will open a brand new location this spring subsequent to Trolley Sq. Oyster Home at 1709 Delaware Ave within the Forty Acres neighborhood.
BarRoja, owned by Oyster Home operators Large Fish Restaurant Group, had crammed the area promoting tacos and margaritas for a little bit greater than two years earlier than closing in August.
Earlier than that, it was residence to Scratch Magoo’s, a beloved watering gap that had a 29-year run earlier than closing in 2018.
Grain eating places, run by Hockessin neighbors-turned-restaurateurs Lee Mikles and Jim O’Donoghue, shortly have develop into omnipresent in our space since opening on Main Street in Newark in 2015. Each are UD graduates.
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The Trolley Sq. location might be their sixth, bookended by the Oyster Home and Crow Bar. A fifth Grain restaurant beforehand had been introduced final month, coming to College of Delaware’s STAR campus in mid-2022.
Different Grain eating rooms will be discovered at Bear’s Grain H20, Grain on the Rocks in Lewes and in Kennett Square on W. State Street.
Mikles, who additionally co-founded Wilmington digital design company The Archer Group, stated Trolley Sq.’s Grain location will function a core foods and drinks choice just like its different areas (snacks, sandwiches, craft beer, cocktails) with a number of tweaks to make it match the favored metropolis restaurant/bar district.
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Trolley Sq.’s Grain will provide a big bar in its entrance room with a eating room in again, together with a rear patio, which had been refurbished when BarRoja opened.
“Having grown up frequenting lots of Trolley Sq.’s locations, I fondly recall the relaxed environment and out of doors patio of this spot,” O’Donoghue stated in an announcement asserting the brand new enterprise.
Grain will lease the area from Large Fish, which was unable to search out success with their Southern California-inspired choices. (For these nonetheless craving for Large Fish tacos in Wilmington, strive Taco Grande on the Riverfront, which opened last year.)
In an announcement, Large Fish co-founder Eric Sugrue defined the choice to lease to an outdoor restaurant group: “We’ve got had nice success making a vacation spot block at Trolley Sq. Oyster Home. We needed a high quality neighbor that enhances what now we have constructed and really feel that now we have discovered that in Grain.”
Have a narrative concept? Contact Ryan Cormier of The Information Journal at or (302) 324-2863. Observe him on Fb (@ryancormierdelawareonline) and Twitter (@ryancormier).


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