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Apr 8, 2020

Q&A: Slice Of Life Pizzeria & Pub

By Jessica Maurer, posted Apr 8, 2020

As part of a series featuring conversations with local restaurant owners, Slice of Life Pizzeria & Pub owner Ray Worrell spoke with us about his decision to temporarily close all four of his pizzerias because of the coronavirus crisis. GWBJ: By mid-March, Slice of Life had closed its Porters Neck and downtown locations, and on March 28, it was announced that al ...

Apr 8, 2020

Local Health Department's Restaurant Work Continues

By Jessica Maurer, posted Apr 8, 2020

While officials at the New Hanover County Health Department's environmental health division said they are trying to limit in-person interactions amid the COVID-19 outbreak, they are open for business and working to keep restaurants safe and informed. “We’re answering calls and sending out mass emails to keep business owners updated on the latest regulati ...

Apr 7, 2020

Area Restaurants Offer Family Meals For Easter Sunday

By Jessica Maurer, posted Apr 7, 2020

Easter celebrations began at Blockade Runner Beach Resort in Wrightsville Beach in 1964, according to Mary Baggett, co-owner and operator. The only hiatus was in 1984, when the hotel closed, repairing damages sustained from Hurricane Diana. Baggett said the resort will continue the Easter buffet tradition this year, although by pick-up only. “I’ll miss se ...

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Apr 7, 2020

Nourish NC, Other Groups Fill Food Gap

By Jessica Maurer, posted Apr 7, 2020

With New Hanover County Schools providing thousands of meals each week to students throughout the county, Nourish NC is just one of many local organizations that has answered the call to provide supplemental meals for the food-insecure. Nourish NC’s director, Steve McCrossan, said the organization’s mission has not changed in the wake of the virus, but what ...

Apr 1, 2020

The Greater Wilmington Business Journal has partnered with a newly created service, Caring to Deliver, to support both local restaurants and health care providers, two groups severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The initiative, Meals for Heroes, aims to raise money to buy meals or gift cards from local restaurants and give them to nominated health care pr ...

Apr 1, 2020

Cape Fear Craft Beer Alliance Aims To Help Workers

By Jessica Maurer, posted Apr 1, 2020

Despite having to cancel Cape Fear Craft Beer Week, which was to be held last week in the Port City, the Cape Fear Craft Beer Alliance has been working to help keep the industry afloat and support unemployed service workers who have been laid off in the wake of the new coronavirus, COVID-19. While many Craft Beer Week festivities, such as Cape Fear Craft & Cuisine a ...

Apr 1, 2020

South Beach Grill, Sweet N Savory Adapt

By Jessica Maurer, posted Apr 1, 2020

With curbside pick-up and delivery the only service models currently available for restaurants in North Carolina, many Port City eateries have had to change their business models practically overnight. Prior to the restrictions implemented by Gov. Roy Cooper's recent executive orders, owners of both South Beach Grill, 100 S. Lumina Ave. in Wrightsville Beach, and Sw ...

Apr 1, 2020

Q&A: Peño Mediterranean Grill And Tama Cafe

By Jessica Maurer, posted Apr 1, 2020

The following interview is the first of a new weekly Q&A segment of the Restaurant Roundup that will focus on discussions with local restaurant owners and how they are weathering the COVID-19 crisis. Rocco Quaranto is co-founder of Peño Mediterranean Grill and Tama Cafe. GWBJ:  As a part-owner in both Peño Mediterranean Grill and Tama Cafe, y ...

Mar 25, 2020

Restaurants, Breweries Get Creative During Crisis

By Jessica Maurer, posted Mar 25, 2020

With the coronavirus closure of area eateries, bars and breweries to customers dining or imbibing onsite, many small business owners are getting creative and finding alternative ways to serve the public and continue paying their employees. Well-known area chefs Dean Neff and Craig Love have each announced that they are raffling off dinner parties (to be held at a later ...

Mar 25, 2020

The Veggie Wagon Launches Casseroles For A Cause

By Jessica Maurer, posted Mar 25, 2020

The Veggie Wagon owners April and Max Sussman have launched a new online component of their business, aimed at providing ready-to-eat meals for the community. For  people who rely upon tips as their main source of income, feeding their families is a fast-growing concern amid the corona virus closings, and something the Sussmans said they believe needs to be address ...

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