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The Umbrella Deck at La Vida Hospitality Group and the Delaware State Parks’ Big Chill Beach Club opened on Memorial Day weekend 2017, and the hi-tech, family-friendly rooftop restaurant at the Seashore State Park South Side Beach area is going full swing. Even in the rain, the place has been packed (take a look at the photos in the gallery).
I was honored to attend a rollout ceremony in early May 2017 with Gov. Carney, Pete Schwartzkopf, La Vida principals, and a long list of media people. Take a look at my photos by scrolling through the gallery. La Vida Hospitality Group is working closely with the State Parks people on making the additions to the park to be environmentally friendly AND a great addition to the existing beach experience.
The kicker to the entire project is the $400,000 Umbrella Room. (See the image!) This amazing piece of technology, made in Austria, can withstand 110 mph winds, and seats a large number of people – with a 360 degree view – in total comfort. The “umbrella” roof can be opened or closed depending on the weather. The upper deck area is constructed atop the existing concession building and seats about 200 people with an unobstructed view of the Atlantic Ocean, the Rehoboth Bay and, of course, the IR bridge bathed in cobalt blue at nighttime. Adjacent to the restaurant/dining building there is a tented and floored wedding/event venue which will also afford an amazing view of the ocean and the bridge. Future improvements in the works include a live stage venue at the mouth of the river as it meets the Atlantic.
Food and management is under the watchful eye of Billy Lucas of LaVida Hospitality (Fork & Flask @ Nage, Crooked Hammock, Taco Reho and Big Chill Surf Cantina), the same entity that provides the food service and management to the restaurant at Lefty’s Alley and Eats in Lewes. The menu centers around a beachy theme, with simple food that’s easy to take down to the water or to enjoy on the casual upper deck. Some of the menu items are very creative. (Listen to the Billy Lucas podcast below to get a sneak peek.)
Listen to Josh Grapski and Taco Reho guy Billy Lucas describe the menu being offered at the new Big Chill Beach Club on the 5/27 Sip & Bite Show.
Listen to business partner Mitch Rosenfeld do the big reveal during the 1/14 broadcast of Sip & Bite with the Rehoboth Foodie !
This public and private sector partnership is focused on continuing to attract guests to experience the park there at the Indian River Inlet, while adding more ways to enjoy the great beauty of that one-of-a-kind panoramic view. Click to see the website.
(Nighttime closeup images courtesy Donnie Vanderslice.)
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