Coquina Fishbar Prepares To Open At Mayfaire

By Cece Nunn, posted Dec 23, 2020
Coquina Fishbar is set to open at Mayfaire Town Center in Wilmington on Dec. 31. (Photo by Cece Nunn)
The Clemons family is putting the final touches on a seafood restaurant with the aim of opening Coquina Fishbar at Mayfaire Town Center by the end of the year.

The owners of the area's three Hibachi To Go restaurants, the Clemonses have been working on getting the Mayfaire restaurant up and running for six months.

The restaurant's menu is partially inspired by patriarch Scott Clemons' roots in Tampa, Florida, where he was a chef from 1980 to 1993.

"So what I've done is I have brought some of that cuisine with me to see how it does here," said Clemons, who hired a chef and a sous chef for the new restaurant.

Tampa dishes include conch fritters and deviled crab, but not the deviled crab Wilmingtonians might know. The Tampa version is a different dish, made with stuffing, blue crab claw meat and spices and fried into a croquette.

Overall for the menu, "we're going with a lot of fresh fish, local oysters, some of your traditional sides" including Yukon mashed potatoes, grilled cob corn, broccolini and saffron yellow rice with black beans.

Other menu items: a whole sauteed snapper; tuna, swordfish and shark steaks; and smoked mullet spread. The restaurant has a smoker that will be used to smoke Coquina Fishbar's proteins, including the mullet and blackened smoked chicken.

The Clemons family moved to Wilmington in 2006, opening their first Hibachi To Go location, in Hampstead, 10 years ago, followed by the Ogden location and another on South Kerr Avenue. A mainly drive-thru and takeout business, Hibachi To Go has prospered during the COVID-19 pandemic as more people opt to eat at home.

Meanwhile, Coquina Fishbar at 5,000 square feet has plenty of room to spread people out in accordance with COVID-19 social distancing guidelines and also has an outdoor patio.

The restaurant has a bar and a private room in the back for functions, Scott Clemons said.

The rest of the Clemons family includes Scott Clemons' wife, Shari, and their children, Emme, Abbe and Jacob.

Scott Clemons said Coquina Fishbar's location at Mayfaire Town Center is a unique one because of the nearby residential areas of Mayfaire, Landfall, apartment complex Arboretum West, townhomes, hotels and the beach. 

"We think," he said, "we're right in the mix of where you would want to be to be successful."

The restaurant's hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.
Ico insights


Natalieenglish headshot

Catalytic Leadership

Natalie English - Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
Dave sweyer 300 x 300

4 Great Reasons Service Members Should Consider Becoming Investment Property Owners

Dave Sweyer - Sweyer Property Management
Chris coudriet

Smoking And Vaping Ordinance Good For Health And Business

Chris Coudriet - New Hanover County Government

Trending News

Apartment Market Remains Robust

Cece Nunn - Jan 22, 2021

New Year Tech Outlook

Johanna Cano - Jan 22, 2021

Giving It A Shot

Neil Cotiaux - Jan 22, 2021

OPINION: Mapping Local Nonprofit Sector's Future

Chris Prentice - Jan 22, 2021

Food Trucks Roll Through Pandemic

Jenny Callison - Jan 22, 2021

In The Current Issue

Food Trucks Roll Through Pandemic

The concept is simple: When health barriers reduce the number of people who can eat at your restaurant, take your food to where the people a...

Giving It A Shot

Faced with a limited supply of vaccine doses and other challenges, local leaders are starting to roll out plans to convince as many peo­ple...

Apartment Market Remains Robust

As growth in the region contin­ues, apartments remain on the rise throughout the Wilmington area, with more units on the way....

Book On Business

The 2020 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!



2020 Health Care Heroes
2020 WilmingtonBiz 100