Get ready Wilm! A taste of France will soon be gracing our pallets, as French-inspired restaurant “Margaux” the brainchild of long-time Wilmington resident Soufiane Lailani will be coming to Market Street! It will be located at 902 N. Market St., the site of the old Wilmington Trust building. Currently, the restaurant is working on making wine list finalizations and menu adjustments for opening day in just a few weeks. Complete with a kitchen-sharing creperie and coffee shop, Margaux is sure to genuinely make you feel as though you’re out enjoying a lovely stroll down the streets of Paris. If you’re as eager as us to find out what Margaux has in store, follow along follow along to see all their progress on Instagram and Facebook for more visuals and first-look updates.

After years of living in Wilmington, Soufiane Lailani has seen and heard all of the growth going on throughout Wilmington and knew he wanted to be a part of it. Now, in about a month, his contemporary, casually elegant French brasserie Margaux Restaurant is set to open along Market Street.

Steak frites, Coq au Vin, cassoulet, and tournedos Rossini are some of the traditional French dishes that will be on a menu which also includes both savory and sweet crepes, from the kitchen-sharing Creperie and Coffee Shop located next door, which will open as its own space about two to three months after the main dining space. The crepes, I was assured, will be available from the beginning.

“The restaurant is to be a platform for non-profits and charities to raise money and a lot of different things. It’s actually like serving the community,” said Lailani. “There are a lot of small profits that try to get a venue for guest bartender, or a dinner and a certain percentage of the sales and it’s hard for them to go to established places to do that. So basically, I really what to use it to donate and to use it for all these different types of events.”


Read the full article from’s Shelby Vaccaro here.

Lailani is teaming with his business partner, and childhood friend, Karim Hammouchene, whom he grew up with in their native Morocco, to open the 72-seat restaurant near Rodney Square. The partners have renovated a bottom floor site in the former Delaware Trust building, now known as The Residences at Rodney Square. The 13-story, Classical Revival building, on the National Register of Historic Places, is owned by The Buccini/Pollin Group.

The restaurant is a work in progress. The furniture has not yet been moved in, the bar and kitchen are still being stocked. Still, the partners hope to open Margaux for lunch and dinner in about three weeks. “We want a classic brasserie, not intimidating French gastronomy. It will be like Balthazar in New York,” said Lailani of the legendary brasserie owned by Keith McNally that has been a part of the Manhattan dining scene since 1997.

The New York Times has called Balthazar “not fine dining, and certainly not a diner, but it creates the veneer of luxury.”

The cost of entrees will range from about $20 to $32. The wine list will be about 80 percent affordable French wines and 20 percent American wines in the $35 to $40 range. Lailani said bartenders will be offering craft cocktails. “I want to offer something that’s quality and that’s not for a special occasion,” Lailani said. Later in the summer, he plans to open a next-door bakery and crêperie/coffeehouse. It will have a separate entrance and outdoor seating, and the space has its own liquor license.

Read the full article from , The News Journal, Delaware Online here.


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