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Mayor Mike Purzycki Celebrates the Opening of Torbert Street Social with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Post Date:09/17/2019 4:30 PM

Speakeasy cocktail lounge and outdoor beer garden is the newest location to join the Big Fish Group torbert 1

    (From left) Tanya Washington, Paul Dibrigdia, Chris Low, Mike McNutt, Mayor Purzycki, Eric Sugrue,                Victoria Reed and Matt Petfield

Mayor Mike Purzycki joined Eric Sugrue, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of the Big Fish Restaurant Group, and General Manager Victoria Reed for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday, September 13, to officially open Wilmington’s newest eating establishment, Torbert Street Social, located at 305 Torbert Street in the Midtown Brandywine section of the City. The establishment had a soft opening earlier in the month. Other representatives of the Big Fish Restaurant Group on hand to cut the ribbon were Operations Director Paul DeBrigida, Director of Northern Dining Operations Chris Low, Director of Northern Culinary Operations Michael McNutt, and Matt Petfield, Specialty Kitchen Operations.
The new speakeasy-style bar and restaurant, featuring stone-hearth pizzas, shareable plates and creative cocktails, is the latest addition to the Big Fish Restaurant Group and is nestled behind two other Big Fish restaurants – Mikimotos and the Washington Street Ale House – in a building that dates to 1887 and was once home to one of Delaware’s historic stables.  Wilmington’s Harvest House and the Trolley Square Oyster House are also members of the Big Fish Restaurant Group.           

“Torbert Street Social is quite unlike any bar or restaurant that Wilmington has seen,” said Mayor Purzycki, “and I can’t tell you how beautiful this renovated historic structure is, with its restored brick exterior and stunning patio spanning the length of the building. This is a wonderful complement to the many fine eating and drinking establishments in the Downtown District and other nearby neighborhoods.”

“I thank Eric Sugrue and everyone at Big Fish for their continued dedication to our City and to providing patrons with great food, drink, atmosphere, and service," the Mayor continued. "This kind of commitment is helping transform our City and is one more positive sign that Wilmington is moving in the right direction.”

Torbert Street Social is currently open Thursday through Sunday from 4:00 p.m. until 1 a.m. It boasts a unique atmosphere designed for gathering, with a refined and carefully curated décor that includes several cozy seating areas, a fire pit, live-music stage, and oversized games to play outdoors, as well as an expansive bar, cushy seating nooks, and community farmhouse tables inside. The list of libations is a mix of classics, new and sophisticated cocktails, an impressive sampling of beer, and a notable wine list. Interesting favorites of guests thus far include the Bird and The Bees cocktail featuring lavender-infused Aviation gin, Twice Cooked Duck Wings, Lobster Grilled Cheese Squares, and Foster The Banana, one of several adult-spiked shakes making an appearance on the menu, which can be accessed here.

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