Big Chill on the Ocean

/ Updated on February 27, 2017
You heard it first, right here from the Rehoboth Foodie, kids! Construction has already begun on La Vida Hospitality Group  and the Delaware State Parks’ 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.   La Vida Hospitality Group is working closely with the State Parks people 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 (Fork & Flask @ 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.
Listen to business partner Mitch Rosenfeld do the big reveal during the 1/14 broadcast of Sip & Bite with the Rehoboth Foodie !
This public and private sector partnership is focused on continuing to attract guests to experience the park there at the Indian River Inlet, while adding more ways to enjoy the great beauty of that one-of-a-kind panoramic view. Click to see the website.
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  1. Robert B Good,Jr says:

    As a kid in the sixties, Indian River Inlet was a great place to fish and enjoy the ocean. A fellow angler that lived in Delaware said then that the state was planning to make the area a state park. Then, he said it will be changed forever. Was he ever right! I was there in late November and it very upseting how man and his quest for the almighty dollar can rationalize anything!

  2. Joanne Sheldon says:

    What date will this restaurant be opening? Will it be opened for only part of the year??

  3. Brian Hayden says:

    Always excited for new waterfront dining, but worried about parking/access during summer the season. The park already seems to operate at or near capacity during our increasingly busy summers. How will this venture impact the surffishers, beach goers, and campers that have been visiting the State Park for generations?

  4. Chad Morris says:

    This will be a spectacular venue for the whole area. We can’t wait to try it out and enjoy the food and views. Can’t wait for our table.

  5. Arnold Berke says:

    Two questions: (1) Is this the re-use of an existing building or the construction of a new one? (2) Looks like a lot of parking! Will that be new pavement — and will it be permeable as opposed to the usual high-runoff asphalt? This IS a park, after all.

    • The Rehoboth Foodie The Rehoboth Foodie says:

      The deck and dining structure will be built above the existing concession building.

    • Mitch Rosenfeld says:

      We are re-using the existing concession area as the kitchen and carry-out area for the project. The parking shown is the existing parking; the project is not adding paved areas. The restaurant and catering areas are being built on two decks with permeable surfaces to avoid run-off. We are working closely with DNREC and the Division of Parks to protect the dune and to otherwise limit any impact on the natural environment.

      • Arnold Berke says:

        Thanks, Mitch, for your factual answer. I appreciate learning that the new restaurant will be respectful to the environment. Best of luck!

  6. Kim says:

    Great about the new restaurant. I have great concerns about parking. Summer parking is horrible now, this will only congest things more! Where will overflow parking be provided?

  7. Todd says:

    This going to cut more surf fishing for us, locals

    • Janice says:

      Hi Todd – this is on the South side – hopefully it won’t encourage more people to the north side (dog beach & surf fishing). I so enjoy watching the surf fishing, the pups and the “calm” of the North Beach…… Hope this doesn’t impact your enjoyment/access to surf fishing…..

  8. Kathleen Edelen says:

    Love the idea! Great addition to the long stretch between downtown Bethany and Dewey which has few eating options. And oh the views!!!

    But what about parking? That lot gets jammed during the summer and the ramp from Coastal Highway into the current lot can back up to a standstill. These back-ups cut off the campers, and the boaters and residents of South Shore Marina from their sites, slips, and homes.

    I hope the welcome addition of a restaurant here helps solve some of the current traffic pattern and parking challenges.

    Because I’m already imagining sitting on that deck and watching the sun glimmer on the ocean and bays

  9. Glenn Parker says:

    Great News for Us “Campers” ….. But….Do we know the Hours of Operation? …… Live Entertainment? ….. Adult Drinks? …… last but not least WILL THERE BE ANY EFFORT TO CLEAN UP THE EXTRA TRASH ON THAT PRISTINE STRETCH OF GODS GIFT, THE BEACH??? Let’s Be honest here …. MANY PEOPLE ARE CARELESS SLOBS! I walk the beach at dawn …. I’ve seen “Her” Disgraced!

    • The Rehoboth Foodie The Rehoboth Foodie says:

      Breakfast, lunch and dinner. And yes to adult beverages. And knowing these people, they will not allow for trash to lower the value of their several-million-dollar installation. There will be more details in my Cape Gazette column this coming Friday.

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