At Former Causeway Café, Gulfstream To Open 2nd Location

By Jessica Maurer, posted Mar 6, 2019
The former Causeway Café building (shown before Hurricane Florence last year) at Wrightsville Beach is set to become a Gulfstream restaurant. (File photo)

Gulfstream Restaurant of Carolina Beach will soon have a second location at the former Causeway Café in Wrightsville Beach.

Ed Thomas, co-owner and operator of Gulfstream, took over the 40-year-old Gulfstream Restaurant five years ago, along with business partner Rich Johnson of Atlanta. 

“Gulfstream was especially appealing to me because it had become a much-beloved icon in Carolina Beach, and I could also envision updating and putting my own spin on it to serve even more locals who love the Pleasure Island community in addition to our seasonal visitors,” Thomas stated in a post to the Carolina Beach Locals Facebook page last month. 

Thomas said he felt very much the same about Causeway Café, noting that it too has a very loyal following of both locals and visitors to Wrightsville Beach. 

He said that when Causeway’s closure was announced, he started getting phone calls from people urging him to see about taking it over. Shortly thereafter, Thomas and Johnson negotiated a lease with building owners Sue and Gordon "Dee" Reddick, who also own the neighboring retail outlet, Redix. 

While the exact name of the new restaurant is yet to be determined, it will have Gulfstream as some part of it, Thomas said. And like his current location, it will serve breakfast all day, as well as lunch and dinner.

He anticipates many of his current menu items to carry over, but also plans to expand his breakfast offerings to include some of the pancake and waffle options similar to those on Causeway’s menu. 

“The menu won’t be the same as Causeway’s, but we want to offer the locals some of what they’ve been accustomed to,” Thomas said. 

Thomas said that the building was in need of significant repairs. He is working with local architect Mike Saleed of Design Elements to finalize the architectural plans, as well as with interior designers Jennifer Kraner and Lauren Brown of Big Sky Design. Once the plans are finalized and the necessary permits are granted, construction for the new restaurant can begin.  

An early May opening is expected.

Have a tip for Restaurant Roundup? Email [email protected].

Correction: This version has been changed to correct the name of Gulfstream co-owner and operator Ed Thomas.

Ico insights


Russell 102218124439

How Can I Sue Someone After the Statute of Limitations has Run in NC?

Russell Nugent - The Humphries Law Firm
Mike stonestreet 300x300

Ditch the Jargon: Simple Tips for Effective Management

Mike Stonestreet - CAMS (Community Association Management Services)

Overcoming the Opioid Overdose Crisis

Trending News

For $4.4M, Investors Buy S. College Road Center, Plan Improvements

Cece Nunn - May 17, 2019

Four Wilmington-area Companies Make Inc.'s Best Workplace List

Johanna Cano - May 16, 2019

Downtown Hotel Owners Propose New Building With 45 More Rooms, Retail Space

Cece Nunn - May 16, 2019

WAHA Kicks Off Membership Drive

Sherri Crawford - May 17, 2019

New UNCW Center Looks At Future Of Selling

Jenny Callison - May 17, 2019

In The Current Issue

Info Junkie: Jim R. Roberts

Info Junkie Jim R. Roberts, Founder of Network for Entrepreneurs in Wilmington (NEW) and Wilmington Angels for Local Entrepreneurs (WALE), o...

Curiosity Sparks Engineer's Career

On a day in Wilmington about four decades ago, elementary school student Ron Sparks asked a pharmacist a question, then watched as the blood...

MADE: Churning Out Profits

All the company’s handcrafted sandwiches are made in Wilmington, starting with homemade cookies and small-batch ice cream....

Book On Business

The 2019 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!



2019 WilmingtonBiz Expo Keynote Lunch - CEO, nCino, Pierre Naude`
Transporting the Future - Power Breakfast 3.12.2019
Health Care Heroes 2018