SoDel Concepts planning Ocean View brewpub for 2022
A Sussex County-based restaurant group that runs a brewpub in Rehoboth Beach is planning another one in Ocean View in spring 2022.
SoDel Concepts said its new brewpub will be called Ocean View Brewing Co.
Ocean View Brewing Co. will be built at Route 26 and Woodland Avenue in Ocean View.
The 5,000-square-foot, 200-seat restaurant is being designed by Fisher Architecture based in Salisbury, Maryland. The modern beach house decor will feature a beer garden and a fireplace.
Fisher Architecture also designed SoDel Concepts' BlueCoast Seafood Grill and Raw Bar, a $2 million, 7,000-square-foot Rehoboth restaurant off Route 1.
The brewpub won't open for another year. It will be located near the hospitality group's restaurant NorthEast Seafood Kitchen, which also is in Ocean View.
“We are so excited to bring a first-class brewpub to Ocean View,” said Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts, in a prepared statement. “We have so many loyal customers in the area, and this has been a long time coming.”
The hospitality group opened its first brewpub, Thompson Island Brewing Co., in Rehoboth in 2019.
Thompson Island Brewing Co. recently was named Delaware Brewery of the Year at the New York International Beer Competition.
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Matt Patton, director of operations for SoDel Concepts and a certified cicerone, will oversee the new brewpub’s construction.
“Thompson Island Brewing Company has been a huge hit, and we want to bring a similar experience to residents and visitors south of the Indian River Inlet bridge,” Patton said.
Jimmy Valm will continue as brewmaster at Thompson Island Brewing Co. and at the new brewpub.
He said the site will pour beers popular at Thompson Island and also will offer a line of new brews. The Ocean View restaurant will serve lunch and dinner.
SoDel Concepts operates 12 restaurants in coastal Sussex County.
While Delaware restaurants have been struggling the past year because of operation limitations due to the coronavirus pandemic, many owners hope as residents get vaccinated, dining restrictions will begin to ease.
Recently, more than 8,000 essential industry workers, including restaurant workers, received vaccinations during a statewide event at Dover International Speedway. The event was held in partnership with the Delaware Division of Public Health. Another vaccination event for workers is being held in Dover this weekend.
Earlier this month, SoDel announced plans for a new Matt's Fish Camp in Fenwick Island.
That restaurant will be located at the site of the former Ropewalk Fenwick Island at 700 Coastal Highway (Route 1). Renovations are underway for a summer opening. No date has been set.