Meding’s Seafood is celebrating its forth year hosting Tailgate Tuesdays at their location on Route 1 north of Milford. Started in 2008 by Robbie Meding as just a few friends getting together to share their cars, experiences and a good time, the weekly event now brings in between 50 and 80 cars on Tuesday nights. From Robbie’s 1934 pickup truck to a 2012 Ford Shelby that visits regularly, there are cars and trucks parked on the lawn from all different makes and years.
“I like cars but can’t get away from work so I brought them to me,” laughs Robbie. “As a kid we used to cruise the Plaza or cruise Rehoboth Boulevard but now there is no place for guys to cruise.”
The Tailgate Tuesday’s Car Cruise can be seen from Route 1 as classic cars and hot rods line the lawn next to Meding’s Seafood on early Tuesday evenings. This free family fun night allows all cars, trucks and bikes to showcase their rides for no registration or fee.
For Robbie, Tailgate Tuesdays is an extension of what the Meding family does best, pursue their passions. Henry Meding, Robbie’s father, began Meding’s Seafood over 30 years ago selling crabs in the local area because he “wanted to do something else,” after a career as an electrician. With an old pickup truck he bought for $250, Henry started what would become, his customers argue, the best seafood joint on the East Coast.
During the ‘80s the Meding family and friends went to work at constructing the current building that holds the seafood restaurant and have continued their love of food, family and cars ever since.
“We are a family-run business and we have been very blessed,” commented Henry Meding. “We employ over forty individuals here and love what we do.”
Annually, Tailgate Tuesdays run from Memorial Day to Labor Day starting at 6 pm every Tuesday night during the summer. Whether checking out the large variety of classic and new cars or just relaxing on the crab deck, Tuesday nights offer live entertainment from local musicians. Each Tailgate Tuesday has a theme that can be viewed at Meding’s Seafood Facebook page or on their website, www.medingsseafood.com.
“This is a place that people can come and just relax,” stated Robbie. “There are new cars each week and it’s great to see some new people.”