Satsuma Asian Kitchen Set to Open in Del Rose Location

PLUS: Eric Sugrue preps to bring an Italian concept to U.S. 202 in Wilmington in late fall or winter 2013.

• Eric Sugrue—who with brother Norman owns Big Fish Grill, Firestone Roasting House, the Summer House and Salt Air—in late fall or winter will bring an Italian concept to U.S. 202 in Wilmington. Located next to the Charcoal Pit, the restaurant will seat about 150. In June, the Sugrues were running a contest to pick a name. “It will be a high-energy, casual place,” Eric Sugrue says. “When I close my eyes, I see families but not ‘Romper Room.’ I also see couples.”

• Michael DiBianca of Moro purchased the Del Rose and after gutting and redoing the space, he’s introducing an Asian concept to Trolley Square because it’s “something different,” says the chef, whose other restaurant has roots in Mediterranean cuisine. The first floor will focus on the bar; the second floor is for diners who like a quieter atmosphere. He expects to open around Labor Day. The name? Satsuma Asian Kitchen. Satsuma is an Asian orange. His first restaurant, Moro, is a blood orange. Either way, diners looking for new delights will be tickled pink.

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