If you popped into Drip Café in Hockessin last week for your usual latte and saw it was closed, fear not—the restaurant is in the process of expanding, and is adding approximately 1,000 square feet.
Owner Greg Vogeley could hardly contain his excitement as he toured the construction site. “I am quadrupling the size of the kitchen,” he says, which will now house a second hood unit and a second grill to keep up with demand.
Work began on Sept. 19, and Vogeley hopes to have doors open again by early October.
The extra space means more tables for diners—the restaurant is going from 46 table seats to 90. Drip Café is also getting a bit of a makeover, with new barn wood-style porcelain tiles on the floor, new paint and new countertops. “Restaurants have a three- to five-year lifespan,” says Vogeley. “You need to change, revamp and deal with the environment.”
Drip will be launching a fall menu when it reopens, but Vogeley says some of his staples with always remain, including the caramel apple pancakes and the Cali breakfast sandwich. (“Everything else is up for grabs.”)
You can also expect Drip to extend its hours into the evening, and to add a small selection of beer, wine and a few specialty cocktails sometime in early 2017.
Many may wonder why Vogeley chose to revamp his Hockessin restaurant, rather than expand and open another location. “I love Hockessin,” he says. “I’m not done with this space yet.”