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Monday, May 20, 2024

Açaí bowl restaurant headed to Wilmington Riverfront

Nautical Bowls will open in downtown Wilmington at Pier 33 by 2024. (Courtesy photo)

WILMINGTON — A luxury waterfront community in the northern part of downtown Wilmington will welcome a healthy option for diners along the Riverfront by next year.

Nautical Bowls is opening in 2024, the second eatery announced for the Pier 33 complex. The Latin-American restaurant, Bonita, is also scheduled to open in coming months.

National franchise Nautical Bowls has more than 50 locations across the states, with eight North Carolina locations coming soon, including in Leland and Jacksonville. A Nautical Bowls already is operational in Surf City.

The downtown Wilmington location will be owned and operated by Hampstead residents Todd and Cathy Natale, according to a press release. 

“At Nautical Bowls, we know it’s difficult to find a quick meal without compromising a healthy lifestyle. We combine healthy, fresh superfood bowls with an uplifting atmosphere to fuel a healthy and active lifestyle,” Todd Natale said in the release.

The menu is all-natural, gluten-, dairy-, and soy-free, as well as plant-based. Natale said the items are filled with essential vitamins and nutrients, as tasted in the Nauti Bowl. A top-seller at the restaurant, it includes açaí, topped with freshly ground peanut butter, granola and cacao nibs.  

The Big Island Bowl is packed with superfoods, layered with blue majik, açaí, pitaya, mango, coconut, vanilla chia, granola, strawberries, goji berries, and hemp seeds.

The restaurant offers roughly 10 specials and has a build-your-own-option, with prices coming in $10 and up.

Nautical Bowls downtown will be located near Marina Grill and another upcoming restaurant in the vicinity, Tequila Comida and Cantina, from the owners of Los Portales. It’s sandwiched between Riverfront Park’s Live Oak Bank Pavilion and the Wilmington Convention Center and will occupy 1,297 square feet on the north end of Pier 33, adjacent to Harnett Street.  

Pier 33 is a mixed-use complex, with 286 apartments and more than 20,000 square feet of retail on the ground floor.


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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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