September-October 2014 | WORD OF MOUTH

Justine Zegna with Brooks Sullivan (left) and Drew Evans, Blacksmith Bar & Restaurant



Written By: Nick Brandi | Photographer: Grant L. Gursky

Following two fun-filled decades as the proprietors of the decidedly funky Rehoboth Beach hotspot known as Planet X, restaurateur Justine Zegna and business partner Drew Evans discovered a new love: Berlin.

Both relocated here not long ago not only to live in America’s Coolest Little Town but also to launch Blacksmith Bar & Restaurant. Zegna — a bass-guitar player and punk/hardcore rocker since her teens — started making (and filleting) her bones in the DC area, back when she was a student at Georgetown University.

Her love of music and the culinary arts blended into a lovely medley when she created Planet X Catering, which had enjoyed a successful 15-year tour, with Zegna having served as private chef for the likes of Sting and Foo Fighters. She brings all of this good taste to the table — or tables — at 104 Pitts St., which had been a blacksmith shop owned and run by Calvin Wimbrow during the mid-20th century. Whereas Planet X was like flypaper for the booming Rehoboth Beach tourist trade, Blacksmith B&R, according to Zegna, is very decidedly for locals, with six-day-a-week service and weekend brunches as staples of the operation.

Zegna’s motto for Blacksmith is to “cook and present honestly,” so expect lots of fresh, farm-to-table-quality products from local suppliers, as well as a variety of theme nights designed to engage the community.



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