Print
Restaurants

Peño Grill Coming To Former Chops Location

By Jessica Maurer, posted Oct 9, 2018
Peño Mediterranean Grill is expected to open its third Wilmington location on Wrightsville Avenue. (Photo courtesy of Peño Mediterranean Grill)
Rocco Quaranto, co-owner of the Peño Mediterranean Grill franchise, announced this week that the restaurant's third Wilmington location will be at 7037 Wrightsville Ave., the former home of Chops Deli in Wrightsville Beach.
 
Quaranto said an unnamed franchisee has been scouting locations in Wilmington for some time. When this space became available, all parties agreed it was a prime location.
 
“We do a lot of catering and there are quite a few offices nearby,” Quaranto said. “This location has great access to several neighborhoods and of course the beach.”
 
The building is currently undergoing a complete renovation, all the way down to the studs, according to Quaranto. He said that while each Peño Grill has its own look and layout, they are designed to have their own style and vibe.
 
“It’s definitely an older building that has changed hands several times so it’s in need of some significant updates,” Quaranto said. “We believe in starting from scratch and taking care of any underlying issues upfront.”
 
Quaranto said that in addition to the interior changes, the exterior of the building will be updated as well. He hopes to have an area for outdoor seating and the building will have a drive-up window for call ahead orders.
 
This will be the sixth location for the locally based franchise, which operates two Wilmington locations, a newly opened Jacksonville location and two South Carolina locations, one in Charleston and one in Myrtle Beach. A Charlotte location is expected to open in just a few weeks.
 
While Quaranto said it is still a bit too soon to say exactly when the Wrightsville Avenue location will open, he is hopeful it will be either late December or early next year.
 
Have a tip for Restaurant Roundup? Email [email protected].
Ico insights

INSIGHTS

SPONSORS' CONTENT
Hinnant

Intellectual Property Can Add Value to Your Hospitality Business

Chris Hinnant - Barnwell Whaley Patterson & Helms, PLLC
Headshot 1016184145

Protecting Your Business

Ryan Skuce - Earney & Company, LLP
Burrus rob headshot 300x300

Full Speed Ahead: Before and After Hurricane Florence

Robert Burrus - Cameron School of Business - UNC-Wilmington

Trending News

Area Firm's Product Makes The Good Morning America Cut

Cece Nunn - Oct 17, 2018

Wilmington's Medac Urgent Care Acquired By Tennessee Firm

Cece Nunn - Oct 18, 2018

CloudWyze Gets Its First Government Contract

Johanna Cano - Oct 18, 2018

CFCC Awarded Its Largest Grant

Johanna Cano - Oct 17, 2018

To Aid Displaced Residents, City Eases Provision On Market Street Hotels

Christina Haley O'Neal - Oct 17, 2018

In The Current Issue

Tourist Attractions On The Mend

As recovery efforts from Hurricane Florence continue, several area attractions remain damaged in her wake. Last month’s unwelcome visitor no...


Benefits Spring Up In Florence’s Wake

The aftermath of Hurricane Florence left the region with downed trees, flooded homes and displaced residents in need. This destruction, howe...


Cardinal Foods’ Growth Mode

Cardinal Foods LLC has expanded a market and operations for local farmers under the leadership of Corey Barnhill, founder, president and CEO...

Book On Business

The 2018 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!


Galleries

Videos

2018 Power Breakfast - Dishing on the Restaurant Biz
2018 WilmingtonBiz Expo - Keynote Lunch with Eric Dinenberg, Rouse Properties
2017 Health Care Heroes