Thursday, October 6, 2022

Downtown Wilmington Mexican restaurant Capricho under new ownership

The store closed temporarily in January and has reopened under new ownership.

Aaron Loveless is the new owner of Capricho in Downtown Wilmington (Port City Daily/Michael Praats)
Aaron Johnson is the new owner of Capricho in Downtown Wilmington (Port City Daily/Michael Praats)

WILMINGTON — After temporarily closing in January Wilmington’s Capricho is back up and running in Downtown Wilmington — this time under new ownership.

Originally opening in June of 2017, Capricho was started by Brian Mayberry, founder of Roadhouse and Dixie Grill, but is now under the ownership of Aaron Johnson and Daniel Souden.

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Johnson is no stranger to the restaurant scene and is currently the kitchen manager of Dixie Grill and Souden is the chef at Siena Trattoria. Johnson said he bought the store from Mayberry in June after the opening of the Roadhouse Bar and Grill. 

Johnson is only 28 and has worked in the restaurant business for several years said he had the goal of owning his own place by the age of 30, so when the opportunity arose he took it.

Guests at Capricho are offered a variety of Mexican street food to choose from (Port City Daily/Michael Praats)
Guests at Capricho are offered a variety of Mexican street food to choose from (Port City Daily/Michael Praats)

But it’s hard work: Johnson is still the kitchen manager at Dixie Grill and said he works the on average six days a week, and seven days a week at Capricho.

Regulars to the restaurant can still expect to find their favorites, from house-made tamales to carne asada burritos and bowls.

Capricho is also now on a more steady schedule than before, open at 11 a.m. every day and staying open until at least 9 p.m., Johnson said.

For those not wanting to take the trip downtown but still want their Capricho fix, the store has recently partnered with Uber Eats to deliver food anywhere on demand.

While the bulk of the menu remains the same as before, Johnson said he will make changes in the future including new additions, but the typical Mexican street food will remain.


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