Owner of Abbott’s Grill in Milford, Kevin Reading, opened a second location in Laurel Delaware, located 30 minutes south of Milford at 300 Delaware Avenue, on Sunday, December 1. This opening marks the forth restaurant that Reading has opened in Southern Delaware including Espuma, Nage and Abbott’s Grill in Milford.
With the awards for Best New Restaurant 2010 from Delaware Today, Wine Spectator Excellence Award and being named part of Delaware Tourism’s Wine and Ale Trail, Abbott’s Grill has made an impact on the Milford community. With its great food and engaging atmosphere it is a favorite among locals and has become “the place to be” for many in the Greater Milford area. Opening in Milford in 2009, Reading decided to expand to Laurel as they were pursued by the Laurel Redevelopment Corporation, a non-profit corporation aimed to enhance the quality of life in the Town of Laurel by obtaining, rehabilitating and revitalizing properties.
“We were interested in looking at the location as the Laurel Redevelopment Council reached out to us,” commented Reading. “We are asked to look at several locations a week to bring in a restaurant and this location was just an amazing site, reminding me a lot of the Milford location when we opened.”
Ryan Cunningham, a familiar face in Milford as Chef and partner of Abbott’s Grill over the years, will be taking over the kitchen at the Laurel location. Cunningham, most recently a chef at Bonz in Harrigton, had no hesitations with deciding to join Abbott’s new venture in Laurel.
“My heart is with Abbott’s, I am excited about having an opportunity to work with Kevin again,” commented Cunningham. “We want to give Laurel something they can be proud of and look forward to becoming part of the community.”
Chef Paul Gallo of Abbott’s Grill will also be joining the crew in Laurel and plans to have an impact on the new menu. The menu at the new Laurel location will feature restaurant favorites from Milford but will also be altered to reflect the taste buds of the Laurel community as they cater to the new town. The event space at the location will provide Abbott’s with the ability to host larger entertainment and catering opportunities.
“I think it is going to be very successful,” commented Reading. “ It is very similar to our opening in Milford and I am expecting big things.” To find out more information about the restaurant and events, individuals are encouraged to contact Laura Burton at 302-752-8890.