Food lovers rejoice.
Bluecoast Seafood Grill is coming to Rehoboth Beach.
Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts, said the restaurant will be located in the Rehoboth Gateway shopping center, in front of Fresh Market and Bed, Bath and Beyond, and is expected to open early summer 2017. It will be the 10th restaurant for SoDel Concepts, a hospitality group that also owns a catering company and food truck.
The flagship Bluecoast restaurant, located in north Bethany Beach, is one of the company's most successful eateries, Kammerer said. It has been named one of the top 10 destination restaurants in America by Attache Magazine.
"Opening a second location feels like the right, natural progression," he said. "And by doing so, we'll be able to better serve our customers."
The new Bluecoast Seafood Grill will be open year-round, serving lunch and dinner. The restaurant — 4,500-square-feet inside and 2,500-square-feet outside — will be able to accommodate 250 guests. The large outdoor gathering area will feature fire pits, a fully stocked bar and an acoustic stage.
It will be the second restaurant built by SoDel Concepts within a year.
Earlier this summer, the company opened a second Matt's Fish Camp in the Tenley Court shopping center on Route 1 in Lewes.
Kammerer said opening a second Matt's Fish Camp has been "a very satisfying and enjoyable experience for the company," and he expects the same will happen with this latest project.
The culinary team will be led by Doug Ruley, SoDel Concepts executive chef; Scott Viselli, who was named Sussex county's chef of the year in 2015 by Coastal Style Magazine; and Jason Dietterick, who was named Delaware's rising star in 2015.
Construction for the new restaurant will begin next month, and SoDel Concepts anticipates hiring more than 100 employees before its grand opening.
"We are excited for what this means for us as a company," Kammerer said. "Our goal is to always build great restaurants that people can enjoy, and that create jobs and meaning experiences for our communities."