Saturday, October 1, 2022

New restaurant, Bluestar Kitchen Bar, now open in Leland

Update: Bluestar Kitchen Bar has now closed. More info here.

Bluestar is now open in Leland. The restaurant is the first brick and mortar location for the owner and chef behind Steviemack’s International Food Truck. (Port City Daily photo |BENJAMIN SCHACHTMAN)
Bluestar is now open in Leland. The restaurant is the first brick and mortar location for the owner and chef behind Steviemack’s International Food Company Truck. (Port City Daily photo |BENJAMIN SCHACHTMAN)

LELAND — Just in time for spring, Bluestar Kitchen Bar opened its doors in downtown Leland.

The restaurant, the first brick and mortar location from Stephen Harrington, the chef and owner of Steviemack’s International Company Food Truck.

Related story: Bluestar Kitchen Bar wants to be Leland’s neighborhood restaurant

Running the food truck for the last two years, Harrington has developed a following, and he’s known for blending low country cuisine and southern cuisine with the recipes he mastered during his time in South East Asia and the Pacific.

Blue Star Kitchen Bar opened quietly on Friday, March 23. The following day, Harring was in the kitchen cooking, but took a minute to comment on the opening.

“It’s been really good, we had a good crowd for dinner and some people just hanging out at the bar,” Harrington said. “Feels good to be a neighborhood place.”

The restaurant is serving a lunch, dinner and features a Brunch-only Sunday; the full bar is open, serving several Wilmington-area beers on tap. Harrington said he’s eyeing a grand opening later in the Spring.

Hours:

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Thursday: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • Friday: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday brunch: 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

For more information, you can visit Bluestar Kitchen Bar on Facebook. The restaurant is located at 117 Village Road in Leland, in the former Charlie Macgrooders location.

On the menu: fans of Stevie Mack’s Food Truck will recognize some classics, along with new items.

Chef and owner Stephen Harrington plans to switch up his menu with the times and tastes of his customers - but here's a taste of what he's serving right now. (Port City Daily photo | COURTESY BLUESTAR KITCHEN BAR)
Chef and owner Stephen Harrington plans to switch up his menu with the times and tastes of his customers – but here’s a taste of what he’s serving right now. (Port City Daily photo / COURTESY BLUESTAR KITCHEN BAR)
Chef and owner Stephen Harrington plans to switch up his menu with the times and tastes of his customers - but here's a taste of what he's serving right now. (Port City Daily photo | COURTESY BLUESTAR KITCHEN BAR)
Chef and owner Stephen Harrington plans to switch up his menu with the times and tastes of his customers – but here’s a taste of what he’s serving right now. (Port City Daily photo / COURTESY BLUESTAR KITCHEN BAR)

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