A celebration of life ceremony for Darius Mansoory will take place from 1-5 p.m. on January 28th at Arsht Hall, 2600-2800 Pennsylvania Avenue in Wilmington, 19806.
We are sad to report that, on New Year's Eve, Cherry Tree Hospitality Group owner Darius Mansoory passed away from an apparent heart attack while on vacation in Cuba. Mansoory fought a long and difficult legal battle to allow Stingray restaurant on Lake Avenue to open a dining patio. Stingray occupies the site of former restaurants 59 Lake, Third Edition (where SoDel Concepts' Matt Haley cooked), Fran O'Brien's and Bob Chin's Chinese restaurant.
UPDATE: We just received information that Mr. Mansoory fell ill with a stomach issue while on vacation in Cuba. He went to a hospital there on Saturday, and passed away several hours later of cardiac arrest. At this time, his body is still in Cuba and his father is working with the embassy there regarding his return home.
Stingray is known for its modern and austere design with bold colors and varied seating arrangements from long communal hi-tops by the bar to couches and comfortable chairs. Unusual lighting and custom neon pieces graced the property, especially in the area surrounding the huge sushi bar.
Cherry Tree also owns and operates Washington Street Ale House and Mikimotos in Wilmington.
Our sincere condolences go out to his family, friends and his Delaware-based restaurant group. We will update this post as more information becomes available.