Restaurant notes: Italian theme for Big Fish Group restaurant; Beer focus for Stone Balloon Winehouse

The Stone Balloon Winehouse in Newark is getting on the beer bandwagon.

The News Journal is reporting that owner Jim Beurle plans to rename the establishment the 16 Mile Taphouse in partnership with the Georgetown craft brewery of the same name.

The restaurant will feature 16 Mile brews, but will also keep a large selection of wine. 16 Mile will enter a crowded, but enthusiastic market in Delaware, which has become a nationally known beer mecca.

New Castle County, for example, has seen the opening of two, Two Stones pubs, one a short drive from the new 16 Mile.

The pioneer is Iron Hill Brewery, which got its start on Main Street in Newark and will grow to 10 locations this summer when a restaurant-brewery opens in Voorhees, N.J.

New Brewer magazine recently ranked Iron Hill as the 7th largest brewpub company in the nation.

Big Fish to Concord Pike

The Big Fish Restaurant Group is planning to open its eighth restaurant location late this year at the site of a former Shell gas station at 2530 Concord Pike. That’s according to a newsletter from the county councilman in the area Bob Weiner. The restaurant will feature Italian dining in a casual setting. The company operates a number of restaurants in coastal Sussex, along with a seafood company and two restaurants in Wilmington.

Eric Sugrue, managing partner, said a name for the restaurant has not yet been chosen. The company hopes to have the establishment open by the end of the year.

Burger Battle coming in August

The Second Annual Wilmington Burger Battle, presented by the Kenny Family Foundation, will take place on Saturday, August 24, 2013, 12–4 p.m. at Twin Lakes Brewing Company, 4210 Kennett Pike, Greenville. Participants include 2 FatGuys, BBC Tavern and Grill, Catherine Rooney’s (Newark), Ernest & Scott Taproom, Home Grown Café, Restaurant 55, Redfire Grill Steakhouse and last year’s People’s Choice Burger winner, Union City Grille.

The restaurants will compete again at this outdoor, rain-or-shine charity event. Event proceeds will support the Ministry of Caring’s Emmanuel Dining Room. Admission prices include food, beer tastings, soft drinks, and music; tickets to this limited-capacity tasting event are now available here:

Heather Hook, executive director of the Kenny Family Foundation said, ‘We are really proud and excited to be part of the Wilmington Burger Battle supporting the Ministry of Caring. The Ministry of Caring has done so much for the people of Wilmington and we continue to support all of their efforts any way we can.”

More than 400 people attended the 2012 event to place their votes for People’s Choice Burger, and the event raised over $4000 to fight hunger. Judges ultimately declared Kildare’s Irish Pub’s burger their favorite.

Restaurants interested in the event are encouraged to contact ucgcharities@gmail.com for more information. 

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