BBQ, Blues & Brews in RB

/ Updated on August 31, 2022


The restaurant group behind Bethany Blues & The Starboard is bringing its BBQ concept called ‘Downtown Blues' into the old Nicola's space on N. 1st St. They'll feature the same famous BBQ of Bethany Blues located in Bethany Beach and Lewes. Steve “Monty” Montgomery says, “Downtown Blues will be fully renovated to fit this historic space that is special to so many who live in and visit Rehoboth Beach.” 

Nicola's has closed their original 1st street location except for carry-out for the remainder of the Summer, and their two-story Avenue location around the corner is open daily.  They'll keep serving carryout through Labor Day then will move their operation up the highway to the new location in Lewes.  The Bethany Blues team will take over around the 1st of October, and begin remodeling with the hopes of opening the new location by Easter 2023. 

While the famous Nicola's train set and all of their possessions will travel north to their new Lewes location, the Bethany Blues team will keep some of the iconic feel with the front window booths, semi-open kitchen, and add a cozy bar area to the back corner featuring their famous bourbon collection. The plan is to be a year-round venue open for lunch and dinner. It's exciting for the local team from Bethany Blues and The Starboard to venture into downtown Rehoboth for the first time!

By the way, longtime Bethany Blues managers Jessica Nathan and Zac Warner are joining the ownership team as part of this new chapter for them and for the restaurant group.

Keep an eye on for updates and some construction photos!

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  1. Avatar Frank says:

    Is Nicola also closing their location around the block?

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