Sen. Chris Coons recently visited Bluecoast Seafood Grill & Raw Bar to meet the staff and tour the new restaurant, which was built from the ground up on Route 1 near the entrance to downtown Rehoboth Beach.

“We were so pleased that Sen. Coons took time out of his busy schedule to see Bluecoast,” said Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts, which owns Bluecoast and nine other restaurants near the coast and The Clubhouse at Baywood in Long Neck. “From the building to the kitchen design to the menu, Bluecoast in Rehoboth is the culmination of a lot of hard work. The reward is the positive feedback that we’ve received from our customers and our staff.”

This is the second time that Coons has visited a new SoDel Concepts’ location. In June 2016, he came to Matt’s Fish Camp, which had just opened on Route 1 in Lewes.

At Bluecoast, Corporate Chef Doug Ruley gave Coons a tour. As was the case at Matt’s Fish Camp, Coons got into the trenches and helped prepare a dish.

“It was an honor to work in the kitchen with him,” Ruley said. “Afterward, we chatted over tuna poke.”

Coons also spoke with the staff, and he greeted those who stuck their head in the door to see if Bluecoast was open yet for lunch.

SoDel Concepts has an ongoing relationship with the senator, who recruited the hospitality group to participate in a NASA project. Chef Ronnie Burkle is growing tomatoes using seeds that spent time in space and seeds that stayed on Earth. He’s recording the results. SoDel Concepts has also sent chefs to Delaware Day in Washington, D.C., which showcases the food and beverages that the state offers.

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