Eric Sugrue of Big Fish Restaurant Group has announced that he has acquired the restaurants formerly operated by the Cherry Tree Hospitality group, owned by the late Darius Mansoory. I have been sworn to secrecy over the last few months as the negotiations have progressed, but now it's Breaking Chews on RehobothFoodie.com.
One of those restaurants is our very own Stingray on Lake Avenue in Rehoboth Beach. This is not Sugrue's first rodeo, obviously, and he wisely plans on keeping the concepts essentially the same, with a few tweaks here and there, mostly in the physical plant of the restaurants.
Another silver lining to this changeover is that longtime Stingray GM Andrea Herman has returned! She knows that place inside & out and knew exactly how it should be run. Welcome back, Andrea!
The Sugrues, in various combinations, own the original Big Fish Grill in Rehoboth Beach, another one in Wilmington (including a future hotel as part of that complex), Summer House and Salt Air in downtown Rehoboth Beach, the Crab House on Coastal Highway, Bella Coast on Rt. 202 outside Wilmington, and several other restaurants.
We are excited that the concept of our local Stingray will remain the same. Mansoory did a great job with the appearance of the restaurant and it will continue to be a great asset to our tiny beach town.