Gate House Closes

/ Updated on February 14, 2018

The Gate House restaurant in Lewes has closed its doors. The Gates family is focusing their efforts on their relatively recent acquisition, The Buttery restaurant at Second & Savannah. Probably a smart move – and not the first local restaurant group to close one location to consolidate their help and resources on another.

Good help has been very hard to find here at the beach, and we suspect that that was part of their decision. The Buttery’s longtime reputation and brand recognition seems to be the better place to consolidate their efforts. We’ll keep you posted. That duck dish from Wilson Gates WILL be missed!

According to Chip Gates (Chef Wilson’s dad), the building is for sale. The plan – depending on a lot of factors, of course – is that they expect to reopen in the spring, though it seems that that will ultimately depend on the desires of the (prospective) new owner of the building. Time will tell, I guess. In the meantime, they are indeed closed.

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  1. Poor Writing says:

    Complete wreckless writing. You are a perfect writer in this era of fake news. Careless to suggest lack of good help was the reason for closing without substantiating that with evidence(facts/quotes). No mention of changing the menu concept (small bites) and that interior changes were made. Two big facts you left out. Let your readers form their own opinion with facts not with your unfounded opinion.

    • The Rehoboth Foodie The Rehoboth Foodie says:

      Dear ‘Poor Writing’…
      You might want to actually read the article before you sound off about my writing. I never said that their closing had to do solely with a lack of help – I only suggested that that VERY REAL crisis here at the beach could have been a factor in their decision. This would not be the first time a restaurant group closed one location to consolidate their help and their resources into the other locations. The suggestion that it had to do with the quality of the help was contained in the thread comments on Facebook – which I did NOT write.
      I find it amusing that people who criticize with little substantiation or facts choose to hide behind a “fake” name like “poor writing.” I stand behind my posts, and I am always prepared to be proven wrong – IF AND WHEN the facts prove me wrong; not because of some hysterical accusation of “fake news.” Waayyy too much of that nowadays.

  2. Ginny says:

    We love the Gate House and all the terrific times we have had there. Agree that it is best to consolidate efforts in one place and knock it out of the park. There is real competition in the beach area now for great food and service. Last time we were at The Buttery it was a shadow of its former self. Limited specials, out of wine on the wine list, slow service despite not being crowded. Good luck to the Gates family. We wish you success and look forward to enjoying revitalized options! You got this!

  3. PPS says:

    Have been to the Gate House since it opened. I always enjoyed the food, but over time it seemed that they couldn’t keep the good staff. There was something wrong but I couldn’t see it. The place was next to empty and that makes people not enter for fear of the food not being good.
    A few years ago the place had a nice vibe. They had a nice hostess and the soft shell crabs were great. Then the following year she was gone and the place went empty again. I could see this coming.
    As for the Buttery, I wish them good luck.

  4. fightingbluehen says:

    Good place for a poke shop.

  5. Russell says:

    Attributing the failure to the quality of help seems…odd. Opened in October..hmm, offered no real specials. I went there many times because of a connection to one of those “help” and I thought the food, drink and service was great. Wasn’t managed too may days and the Op expenses got the best of them. Poor form to blame the staff

  6. LS says:

    Will the Buttery honor the gift card I bought at Gatehouse?

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