Friday, April 19, 2024

Blackfinn AmeriPub reopens as Marina Grill, here’s the menu

BlackFinn Ameripub closed in January. The new restaurant focuses on a more streamlined menu with higher quality food.

Formerly BlackFinn Ameripub, the Marina Grill is now open to the public. (Port City Daily photo | BENJAMIN SCHACHTMAN)
Formerly BlackFinn Ameripub, the Marina Grill is now open to the public. (Port City Daily photo / BENJAMIN SCHACHTMAN)

WILMINGTON — After closing its doors in January, the former BlackFinn Ameripub reopened this week as Marina Grill.

The overhauled menu is considerably more concise than BlackFinn’s, with entrees ranging between $12 and $29 and sandwiches ranging from $12 to $19 for a lobster roll.

Marina Grill has also stepped up its meat and fish game, as owner Chuck Schoninger suggested the re-branded restaurant would aim for few, higher quality items. In January, Schoninger said the new restaurant would “focus on more local fish and some really good steaks.” On Wednesday morning, a fish truck from Wilmington-based Barbary Fish Company was parked out front.

Marina Grill also tapped New Jersey butcher Pat LaFrieda, known as the supplier for high profile New York City Restaurants, including Mario Batali’s Babbo, Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack and Keith McNally’s Minetta Tavern.

The menu at Marina Grill, on the Riverwalk in downtown Wilmington. Formerly BlackFinn Ameripub, the Marina Grill is now open to the public. (Port City Daily photo | BENJAMIN SCHACHTMAN)
The menu at Marina Grill, on the Riverwalk in downtown Wilmington. Formerly BlackFinn Ameripub, the Marina Grill is now open to the public. (Port City Daily photo / BENJAMIN SCHACHTMAN)

Marina Grill will open daily at 11 a.m. and close at midnight from Sunday to Thursday, and at 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. The restaurant is located on the Riverwalk where it meets Harnett Street.

For more information, visit Marina Grill’s website and Facebook page. The restaurant’s bathrooms remain open to the public while the owners of Marina Grill negotiate the construction of free-standing public bathrooms. 

No word at this time on future plans for the never-opened Vida Cantina restaurant, which is connected to the Marina Grill.


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