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Business & Real Estate Cape Gazette FRIDAY, DECEMBER 29 - MONDAY, JANUARY 1, 2018 37 Y up, it's that time again. The revolving door that is the restaurant scene here in the Cape Region has made enough rotations to merit yet another rollercoaster ride through the business of eating in our various downtowns and on Coastal Highway. So fasten your seatbelts: The Greatest Number of Clicks Award at RehobothFood- goes to Raghu and Suraj Kumar, the father and son team who (finally!) brought great Indian food to Rehoboth Beach. With 25 years' experience, they hit the ground running in the former Dough Roller spot down by the Boardwalk. A close sec- ond in the click count depart- ment is a tie among three of our successful restaurant groups. The 250-seat (with a firepit, outdoor bar and entertainment stage) Bluecoast Rehoboth took Coastal Highway by storm early this summer. Stay tuned: Scott Kammerer and his band of loyal minions have some great things up their respective sleeves. Big Al Reno from Ocean 98 radio never misses a chance to remind everyone that his home, the tiny burg of Berlin, is "Mary- land's Coolest Small Town." In 2017 that accolade was not lost on Delaware restaurateurs as Fins Hospitality Group, DiFebo's restaurants and former downtown Rehoboth sous chef Toby Gilbert all put down stakes in Berlin with (respectively) the new Fins Ale House & Raw Bar, the third DiFebo's Modern Ital- ian Grille, and Gilbert's Provi- sions: Toby's treasure trove of pickled, fermented, sliced, diced and expertly blended goodies. This year Fins not only opened in Berlin, but also in Bethany Beach and on Kings Highway in Lewes as the new Big Oyster Brewery. The food there will surprise you! I like sitting at the window seats where I can enjoy the bustle of their shiny new kitchen. Karly Gamaitoni and compa- ny spiffed up the former Cloud 9/Lula Brazil spot with their new G Cask Kitchen. They con- tinue the tradition of late-nite DJ dancing along with fine din- ing on The Avenue. Just a few steps west is Sam & Mariah's new Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats. When this winter's final construction is done, there will be a fun outdoor dining area with access to the DFH Brew- pub and Chesapeake & Maine. You only have to blink once or twice to miss new acquisi- tions by the inexhaustible Ener- gizer Bunny that is Eric Sugrue. Eric, his brother Norman and their Big Fish Restaurant Group purchased Washington Street Alehouse and Mikimoto's Asian Grill & Sushi Bar in Wilming- ton, along with Stingray Sushi Bar in Rehoboth. The properties were formerly owned and oper- ated by the late Darius Man- soory's Cherry Tree Restaurant Group. Richard Steele's Café Azafrán on the ocean block of Baltimore Avenue made a triumphant return to Lewes, Azafrán's origi- nal home town. Rich created his surprisingly roomy and unclut- tered Olive and Oats in the tiny (only 500 square feet!) spot that used to house Half Full Pizzeria and Patty's Carryout. And yes, the baked oatmeal that put Café Azafrán's breakfasts on the map is still a best seller. Thierry and Nathalie Langer opened the Lewes location of their popular Kaisy's Delights at the inter- section of Savannah, Clay and Wescoats roads. Wait 'til you try their cold brew and a warm kaiserschmarrn at their drive- up window! Down Savannah and over the bridge is Doug and Lisa Frampton's Pig & Publican restaurant - offering a healthy dose of free parking. Both P&P and Pickled Pig Pub are fully and expertly staffed after the decision to close Pig & Fish in downtown Rehoboth. Look for Cuvee Ray wine bar to open in that spot on The Avenue some- time around March-ish. A few doors north of Pickled Pig Pub is Pam Minhas' Twice Baked bakery, coffee house and lunch spot. She took over that space from Starbucks. The new Starbucks is in the old KFC drive-thru building just south of Pam.  Petru Cornescu of Pete's The 2017 Restaurant Roundup Bob Yesbek » THE BUSINESS OF EATING BOB YESBEK PHOTOS PAM MINHAS' SANDWICH ROLLS are among the best at the beach. Re- hoboth Foodie pick hit is the asiago cheese version. Use them for your next burgers! Continued on page 43 By Nick Roth Casa Amici has always been a place people identified as “that restaurant that looks like a gas station” at Wescoats Corner out- side Lewes.  But it’s much more than that, said owner Chris Parziale.  Casa Amici opened in 2010, and Parziale bought into the business in 2012. With the recent departure of his business partner, Parziale said he thought it was time to take the next step, and Full Belly American Bistro was born.  “We’re not a seasonal restau- rant,” he said. “We know the locals, and we know them by name. We know their families and their dogs. We have a very personal connection with our cli- entele, and we’re just looking to grow on that and attract people who don’t hear about us through word of mouth.”  But word of mouth has worked out pretty well so far. Even with- out advertising, Parziale said, business has grown about 20 percent every year for the last five years.  The lunch rush is a big part of the restaurant’s business.  “The line is to the door most days,” said Gregg Breeding, Full Belly Bistro’s general manager. With subs, sandwiches and pizza, the lunch crowd draws people across the spectrum of the work force who are looking for a quick bite to eat.  To speed up the process, Breeding said, a new POS system will soon be introduced, includ- ing an option for online ordering.  Most of the lunch menu items people crave will still be available when the switch to Full Belly Bistro begins Jan. 1.  Where the big changes will occur is the dinner menu. For several years, Casa Amici has been working with a limited din- ner menu and a chalkboard full Full Belly American Bistro builds on Casa Amici tradition Expanded menu, but still the same restaurant, staff SUBMITTED PHOTO SHOWN STANDING IN FRONT of the new Full Belly American Bistro sign in back are (l-r) Billy Nicholson, Paige Wright, Forrest Carle, Ryan Powell, Hol- ly Fello and Ron Holden. In middle are Leah Winchester, Gregg Breeding, Jas- mine Ortiz, Erikah Fitz and Jen Gromis. In front is Chris Parziale. NICK ROTH PHOTO Casa Amici officially switches over to Fully Belly American Bistro on Jan. 1. Continued on page 46