There was a lot going on in the news in 2020, so some of these openings may have slipped right past you. Good news is, they’re all still open and thriving so if you have time this year, check some of them out!
The popular Asheville based brewery opened in Wilmington just before Christmas in 2020 and people were stoked!
Mess Hall is a burger kitchen located in the Outpost in the Cargo District and it opened over the summer. If you’re craving a decadent burger, they won’t disappoint.
First Watch is a Florida based breakfast/brunch/lunch spot and they now have two locations in Wilmington. One in Mayfaire and one on Oleander Drive.
End of Days (EOD) opened February 1, 2020 as Wilmington’s first ever grain to glass distillery. They focus on ultra-premium and limited-release spirits.
Alcove Beer Garden, a new place for beer lovers to hang out opened in Wilmington in 2020. The beer garden is a part of The Outpost which is comprised of a couple different incubator-style restaurant, bars, and retail.
Sealevel City Vegan Diner opened just before the Pandemic hit last year. The vegan restaurant, which was formerly Sealevel City Gourmet, closed summer of 2019. The new owners, Kelsey Gibbs and her husband Scott Key, bought it with the intent to renovate it to make it their own and then reopen with the “vegan version” of Sealevel City Gourmet’s original menu.
Toasted was one of the newest places to hit the brunch scene in Calabash in 2020. The restaurant was formerly known as Sunrise Pancake House until Nicolas Patton and his wife became part owners. The current Sunrise owner gave Patton permission to re-brand the restaurant and change up the menu so that is what they did.
Panacea Brewing Company, the popular Kombucha joint in Wilmington moved to a new location and added a restaurant at the beginning of 2020. The menu is focused on plant-based, vegan and vegetarian options.
Diver Surfside Cafe opened in Surf City in September. They have coffee, juice, smoothies, wine and beer, and healthy small plates with a view.
Chicken in the Box opened in the Brooklyn Arts District over the summer. They have chicken wings, chicken tenders, chicken sandwiches, shrimp platters, oyster platters, biscuits and more.
Kalethy Living opened in May 2020. They have smoothies, smoothie bowls, toasts, and coffee.
A ‘Coming Soon’ sign for Indochine Express went up quietly one summer night and it was only merely hours before the community went wild wanting to know more information. They officially opened in December with a to-go menu version of their beloved parent restaurant.
This Veteran owned business started serving up sweet treats in Hampstead in August. Most of the recipes come from the owners grandfather who owned a chocolate shop in New Jersey.
Wilmington’s first authentic Italian gelato shop opened along the riverwalk downtown at the beginning of 2020.
Malama Cafe is a healthy breakfast and lunch spot in Carolina Beach that opened last spring. They parter with Counter Culture Coffee to brew up hot and cold drinks.
Sweet D’s opened in August. They sell fresh filled croissants, pies, cakes, cookies, muffins, and just about any type of sweet treat you can think of.
Burgaw got a new pizza place in 2020! They’re a fun, family pizza restaurant in the heart of the town with just about any pizza topping imaginable.
A Winston-Salem Italian eatery hot spot made the Port City its second home. They have all your Italian favorites from baked ziti and chicken Parmesan to shrimp scampi risotto. There is something for every taste palate.
Sofra Modern Mediterranean opened last year serving authentic Mediterranean cuisine, prepared daily, and inspired by owner Bahaa (pronounced like the desert) and his Mediterranean roots.
The popular seafood market opened their first take-out kitchen in 2020. They sell a variety of different plates with their fresh catches.
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