20 restaurants, eateries, & breweries that opened in 2020

(Source: Hi-Wire Brewing Wilmington)
(Source: Hi-Wire Brewing Wilmington)

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!

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Hi-Wire Brewing

The popular Asheville based brewery opened in Wilmington just before Christmas in 2020 and people were stoked!

(Source: Hi-Wire Brewing Wilmington)
(Source: Hi-Wire Brewing Wilmington)

Mess Hall

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.

(Source: Mess Hall)
(Source: Mess Hall)

First Watch

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.

(Source: First Watch Facebook page)
(Source: First Watch Facebook page)

End of Days Distillery

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.

EOD inside space (Source: End of Days)

Alcove Beer Garden

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.

The Alcove Beer Garden in the Cargo District is now open.

Sealevel City Vegan Diner

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.

Lentil burger from Sealevel City Vegan Diner.
Lentil burger from Sealevel City Vegan Diner.

Toasted 

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.

(Source: Toasted)
(Source: Toasted)

Panacea

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.

(Pierogis from Panacea)
(Pierogis from Panacea)

Diver Surfside Cafe

Diver Surfside Cafe opened in Surf City in September. They have coffee, juice, smoothies, wine and beer, and healthy small plates with a view.

(Source: Diver Surfside Cafe)
(Source: Diver Surfside Cafe)

Chicken in the Box

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.

(Source: Chicken in the Box)
(Source: Chicken in the Box)

Kalethy Living

Kalethy Living opened in May 2020. They have smoothies, smoothie bowls, toasts, and coffee.

Pink bowl from Kalethy Living
Pink bowl from Kalethy Living

Indochine Express

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.

(Source: Indochine Express)
(Source: Indochine Express)

Burry Chocolates

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.

Burry Chocolates
Burry Chocolates

GelaRto

Wilmington’s first authentic Italian gelato shop opened along the riverwalk downtown at the beginning of 2020.

Nigel Langstone, GelaRto owner
Nigel Langstone, GelaRto owner

Malama Cafe

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.

(Source: Malama Cafe)
(Source: Malama Cafe)

Sweet D’s Cuisine

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.

Sweet D's croissants.
Sweet D’s croissants.

Fat Daddy’s Pizza

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.

(Source: Fat Daddy's Pizza)
(Source: Fat Daddy’s Pizza)

Quanto Basta

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.

Source: Quanto Basta
Source: Quanto Basta

Sofra Modern Mediterranean

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.

(Source: Sofra Modern Mediterranean)
(Source: Sofra Modern Mediterranean)

Seaview Crab Company Kitchen

The popular seafood market opened their first take-out kitchen in 2020. They sell a variety of different plates with their fresh catches.

(Source: Seaview Crab Company)
(Source: Seaview Crab Company)

 


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