Great views and a relaxing atmosphere await at one of the most scenic dining spots in Delaware
The Umbrella Deck at La Vida Hospitality Group and the Delaware State Parks’ Big Chill Beach Club opened on Memorial Day weekend, and this high-tech, family-friendly rooftop restaurant at the Seashore State Park south-side beach area is in full swing. La Vida Hospitality Group worked closely with the Delaware State Parks people to make the additions environmentally friendly while adding an enjoyable complement to the existing beach experience. Even in the rain, the place has been packed!
The centerpiece of the project is the $400,000 Umbrella Room. La Vida Hospitality boss Josh Grapski discovered this Austrian-made structure on a European ski trip. It made an immediate impression. The amazing piece of technology (delivered by ship in three massive containers) seats guests in total comfort around a circular bar with a 360-degree view of the Atlantic Ocean, the Indian River Inlet & Bay and the Indian River Inlet Suspension Bridge — bathed in cobalt blue at nighttime.
The motorized, 36’ diameter umbrella can be opened or closed (quite dramatically, by the way) depending on the weather. Speaking of weather, the structure can withstand 110 mph winds. Adjacent to the elevated restaurant deck there is a tented and floored wedding/event venue with the same panoramic view of the amazing natural resource.
Food-and-beverage service is executed under the watchful eyes of La Vida Hospitality’s Josh Grapski and Rock ’n’ Roll Chef to the Stars Billy Lucas. Taco Reho boss Lucas’ SoCal-inspired fare reflects a beachy theme with uncomplicated food that’s easy to take out or enjoy on the deck. Creative menu items include a selection of colorful ceviches, freshly made tacos, jerk chicken, tuna poke, steak frites and Billy’s famous Carne Fries, just to name a few. There’s even a raw bar adjacent to the umbrella room.
La Vida Hospitality and the Delaware State Parks gambled that this first-of-its-kind public/private partnership would attract even more visitors to the beautiful Indian River Inlet. We bet this endeavor will pay off handsomely for both. The Big Chill Beach Club is currently open for lunch and dinner, from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., every day in season.
THE BIG CHILL BEACH CLUB
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