A sad farewell: Delaware restaurants and cafes closed for good due to the coronavirus


Patricia Talorico,

Delaware restaurant dining rooms, closed since March 16 because of the coronavirus, were allowed to reopen on a limited basis on June 1.

But the loss of revenue for the past 10 weeks apparently has been too devastating for some operations.

The Delaware Restaurant Association predicted that 20 to 30 percent of restaurants in the state would likely close permanently because they could not overcome financial hardships.

Here are some restaurants and cafes that are out of business:

In a May 31 Facebook post, MidiCi wrote "sadly, we must announce today will be our last day open. Given the restaurant mandates put in place by the Delaware government we will not be able to reopen and must close our doors for good. We thank all of our customers who have made the past two years fantastic. But we must say goodbye."

Gilligan's, which had a home in Lewes for 18 years and was well-known for its baseball-size crab cakes, stopped operations at its year-old Milton site on March 13.

A Facebook post read: "The pandemic has caused further financial hardship and it is with much sadness that we are announcing our inability to reopen. Thank you for all the support you have given us."

The popular De La Coeur Café et Pâtisserie announced on May 21 it was shuttering its 5-year-old business off Lovering Avenue and the new cafe in the Independence Mall Shopping Center off Concord Pike that has opened in February.

A farewell Instagram post featured a black-and-white photo of owner Alex Sianni apparently locking the door of the Lovering Avenue cafe. 

"So devastating," wrote one customer. "Love to Alex, Gretchen and all the staff. You brought true joy to your community."

Owner Anne Day, who has operated the business since 1999, said on May 28 the cafe in Wilmington's The Devon condo building off Pennsylvania Avenue was closing its doors permanently. A reason was not given.

After 17 years in business, Joe's Crab Shack locked the doors and removed its signs in late April from its building at 600 N. Madison St. 

A spokeswoman for Landry’s Inc. – The Houston, Texas-based company, which operates the seafood chain – was contacted, but never provided a reason why the restaurant closed.

The exclusively vegan restaurant in Wilmington's Little Italy neighborhood, said in social media posts on May 21 that it would be closing its doors. The year-old restaurant had taken over the space of the former Bistro Jacques at 607 N. Lincoln St.

Owners also operated Nude Food-On-The-Go, a vegan/vegetarian food truck. It was put up for sale.

The business that operated for more than 10 years in the Newark Shopping Center closed permanently on March 28.

"Unfortunately due to Covid 19, we can no longer keep our doors open and will be closing for good," read a March 25 Facebook post.

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