SoDel Concepts is expanding with a second brewpub concept.
The hospitality group recently announced plans to open Ocean View Brewing Company. The new eatery will be located on the corner of Route 26 and Woodland Avenue in Ocean View. The opening date is currently planned for some time in spring 2022.
“We are so excited to bring a first-class brewpub to Ocean View,” Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts, says in a prepared statement. “We love the community, which has supported NorthEast Seafood Kitchen, also in Ocean View, as well as our restaurants in Bethany Beach and Fenwick Island. We have so many loyal customers in the area, and this has been a long time coming.”
The announcement follows the success of SoDel Concepts’ Thompson Island Brewing Company, a brewpub that opened in Rehoboth in 2019. It was recently named Delaware Brewery of the Year at the New York International Beer Competition.
“Thompson Island Brewing Company has been a huge hit, and we want to bring a similar experience to residents and visitors south of the Indian River Inlet bridge,” Matt Patton, director of operations for SoDel Concepts, says in a prepared statement. “Ocean View Brewing Company will follow the SoDel Concepts tradition of providing coastal comfort foods, a beach-influenced atmosphere and exceptional service.”
Patton is a certified cicerone, a designation for beer professionals that’s similar to a sommelier program for wine experts. He oversees the hospitality group’s beer program and will oversee the new brewpub’s construction, according to a news release.
Similar to Thompson Island, the 5,000-square-foot, 200-seat restaurant will feature a beer garden. In cooler months, guests can enjoy the warmth of the fireplace.
The brewpub’s décor will reflect a modern beach house with touches of Americana. Fisher Architects is the lead on design, according to a news release.
Jimmy Valm, the brewmaster at Thompson Island, will also oversee the beer operations at Ocean View Brewing Company. The new concept will offer some of its own beers along with Thompson Island favorites.
The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner.