A mainstay of Rehoboth history (and good breakfasts) is just steps from the Boardwalk on Wilmington Avenue. Like most businesses on Wilmington Avenue, their sign is hidden by trees, but the tall, stately beach cottage (and the long summer lines) reveal the presence of Rehoboth’s Royal Treat.
The building was originally a rooming house named Thawley’s, and later it became the Royalton Hotel, one of the largest buildings on the ocean block of Wilmington Avenue. Around 1975, Funland owner Al Fasnacht acquired the building and invited his Hershey, Pa. friend Roy Fornwalt to open a business there. He and his son Scott have been running the combination breakfast/ice cream place ever since. Of course, Hershey’s Ice Cream is what they scoop.
The name has an interesting history: The building had been the Royalton Hotel, and Scott’s dad was named Roy. Their friend Al Fasnacht owned the building. Put Roy and Al together, and it became the Royal Treat. The early renovation of the building uncovered old photos of the area and the building, and the Fornwalts have some of them on display in the restaurant area. It is certainly a fun history lesson as you devour your cone of choice.
Breakfast is standard fare with pancakes, eggs, omelets, SOS, french toast and various breakfast meats, all made to order in the semi-open kitchen. Breakfast sandwiches are also available. At 1 p.m. it morphs into an ice cream parlor, with ice cream sodas, hot fudge sundaes and all the tasty stuff that makes a beach vacation a beach vacation. As you might expect, they are closed in the off season. If you want breakfast on a summer morning, get there early. There is often a line, and they close for breakfast when they close for breakfast. The holy grail of seating is on the screened porch, of course.
The Royal Treat is open 7 days in season from 8-11:30 a.m. for breakfast and from 1-10 p.m. for ice cream. They close for the season in mid-September, so if it’s that time of year, call before you go! They can be reached at 302-227-6277. Follow them on Facebook.