Mogan's, Irish Penny expanding; Rosenfeld's to close airport location: What's going there
The tail end of summer has brought with it a spate of expansions — and a few losses — for businesses on Delmarva.
Resort towns suffered major economic losses during what should have been the busiest time of the year, and event cancellations in the fall foreshadow a financially grim shoulder season at the beach.
And inland, a few businesses in Salisbury and Delmar recently announced closures and changes in ownership.
Still, local businesses continue to grow, thrive and reopen, so check out what's happening on Delmarva in this week's business column.
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Mogan's Oyster House is expanding
Get ready for more construction — and a bigger seafood restaurant — just off Main Street in downtown Salisbury.
Mogan's announced last week that it began construction for its "newest venture" next door.
"We are incredibly fortunate & humbled by this opportunity during such trying times; we will not disappoint you Salisbury — great things are happening here at Mogan's! Stay tuned," the Facebook post read.
The restaurant was closed briefly Sept. 9, but will remain open during construction.
Developer Bret Davis, who also partnered with owner Denny Mogan to help construct the oyster house, announced earlier this summer his plans to build a 49-unit luxury waterfront apartment and adjacent beer garden in downtown Salisbury.
Construction for the apartment and beer garden will take place over two lots located on East Market Street along the Wicomico River and across from the Riverwalk Amphitheater.
The Irish Penny is expanding
Next-door expansions seem to be a growing trend in Salisbury. The Irish Penny announced it took over a second space a few doors from the original pub, located at the Clairmont Shopping Center, that is designed to host larger groups.
They call it: The Irish Penny 1.5 experience.
"This is a huge space that can accommodate your birthday party, office lunch/dinner, baby shower or holiday party from 10-60 people, with all proper social distancing guidelines in place," the restaurant announced on Facebook.
You can expect the same menu with a "whole new atmosphere." Call 410-742-0002 for bookings and more information.
Rosenfeld's won't re-open at the airport
COVID-19 has hit the airline industry especially hard, with major travel restrictions worldwide and reduced passenger traffic.
It also means an end to getting a pastrami on rye at the Salisbury Airport, as Rosenfeld's is closing there after a nearly two-year run.
"We regret to inform each of you that the Rosenfeld’s location at the airport will not be reopened," the Jewish deli announced on Facebook. "Passenger traffic is still much reduced, and there is simply no way for the foreseeable future to have a profitable operation there. Thank you. We’re sorry."
You can still get a Reuben sandwich, lox and more at Rosenfeld's flagship Ocean City deli, as well as its Rehoboth Beach location. Founder Warren Rosenfeld also has plans to expand into Wilmington.
3rd Wave Brewing changing ownership
After a seven-year wave of bold craft beer and a welcoming, beachy atmosphere, 3rd Wave announced this month the brewery is changing ownership.
"The past 7 years have been amazing and we are very thankful for all of the support both professionally and personally," the owners announced on Facebook. "The faces that have greeted you and taken care of you will not be going anywhere. There will be announcements as we go along to get you excited about the new brewery owner and the beers that will be on tap in Delmar. Thank you again for riding the wave with us! Cheers!"
The woman-owned brewery is located in Delmar. A new owner could be announced as early as this week.
Dogfish Head is re-opening - and also opening in Miami
While Dogfish Head certainly isn't a new business, after shuttering dine-in service for nearly the entire summer season, the brewpub announced that it is reopening in September.
Brewings & Eats is now open for dining both outdoors and inside the pub at reduced capacity. Curbside pickup is also still available.
Speaking of Dogfish Head, if you're in Florida and in the mood for some off-centered beer, you're in luck.
The Delaware brewery is heading south to the Wynwood Neighborhood in Miami. Dogfish briefly collaborated there with local brewery Concrete Beach. But when Concrete Beach announced it was closing its social hall, Dogfish Head jumped at the opportunity to keep brewing, music and art there alive.
"We thought, 'Hey! Let’s bring even more off-centered goodness south!'" Dogfish Head announced on its website. "We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us, but we’re so excited for this next chapter and to do it arm-in-arm with our Concrete Beach familia, Wynwood community, and beer lovers across Miami!"
"We couldn’t be more excited to officially welcome our off-centered family to the neighborhood!" a post on Concrete Beach's website read. "@DogfishHeadMiami will be opening later this year and bringing a collection of our favorite things: innovative ales, tasty eats, immersive art and collaborations with communities from all over."