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In local restaurant news, two exciting announcements, coming from Below are excerpts from the website;

La Vida Hospitality Group  and the Delaware State Parks have worked together to develop the Big Chill Beach Club, a family-friendly rooftop restaurant at the Seashore State Park South Side Beach area, at the foot of the southeast end of the Indian River Suspension Bridge.   After winning an RFP (request for proposal) that the state put out to any interested party, La Vida Hospitality Group focused on making the additions to the park to be environmentally friendly AND a great addition to the existing beach experience.
The kicker to the entire project will be a $400,000 “umbrella room.” This amazing piece of technology, made in Austria, can withstand 110 mph winds, and seats a large number of people – with a 360 degree view – in total comfort. The “umbrella” roof can be opened or closed depending on the weather. The upper deck area will be constructed atop the existing concession building and will seat about 200 people and afford an unobstructed view of the Atlantic Ocean, the Rehoboth Bay and, of course, the IR bridge bathed in cobalt blue at nighttime. Adjacent to the restaurant/dining building will be a tented and floored wedding/event venue which will also afford an amazing view of the ocean and the bridge. Future improvements in the works include a live stage venue at the mouth of the river as it meets the Atlantic.
Food and management will be provided by LaVida Hospitality (Nage, Crooked Hammock, Taco Reho and Big Chill Surf Cantina), the same entity that provides the food service and management to the restaurant at Lefty’s Alley and Eats in Lewes. It will maintain a beachy theme, with simple food that’s easy to take down to the water or to enjoy on the extremely casual upper deck.
The second piece of news from;
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Fenwick Island’s Claddagh restaurant is closing and will soon be a second location for Ocean City’s popular Liquid Assets.

The very popular eatery/bar/liquor store combo owned by entrepreneur/restaurateur John Trader was founded after the owner left the now-gone Galaxy restaurant that used to be at 66th St. and Coastal Highway in OC. Since then, Liquid Assets has continued to fill the parking lot at 94th St. that it shares with Lombardi’s Trattoria and Candy Kitchen.