I have probably gotten as many emails about the Royal Farms at Rt. 24 and Coastal Highway as I have about new restaurant openings. I can only guess that it’s gotta be the chicken. Whatever it is, the construction is just about complete, the lights are on and I swear I can smell chicken frying there on the corner formerly occupied by the old Exxon and the old Millman’s Appliance store. The original delay, among others, was due to permitting issues; particularly those involved with the burying of underground tanks for gasoline. Those (and others) have been resolved.
In an interesting turn of events, the Wawa directly across the highway will close for a month-long renovation starting this weekend (2/20/17). Gotta stay with the program, I guess. Given the vagaries of that intersection and the extreme difficulty and time involved in reversing course, there is enough business for both of these gas/convenience store/fast-food giants.
So, late-nite fried chicken lovers take heart! Those wee-hour pullet emergencies will be easier to resolve in just a week or so. And remember this special Rehoboth Foodie hint: If you like your fried chicken with a crispy coating, DO NOT LET THEM SEAL THE BAG on that hot chicken! It will wilt in its own steam and will be like eating a sponge. Let the chicken breathe and it will be crispier. Yes, I need to get a life, but that’s life is too short to eat soggy chicken.
This is a much bigger installation than the smaller (though very convenient) Royal Farms at the circle in Rehoboth, and that store will remain open. The foodie will provide updates as work progresses.