Big Fish Restaurant Group Announces Plan for Riverfront Hotel

Real Estate Developer ONIX Group & Big Fish Restaurant Group announced today that they have teamed up to open Wilmington’s first hotel directly on the Riverwalk.

The new modern hotel will be adjacent to the Big Fish Grill and will feature a banquet room, an outdoor patio along the Riverwalk and offer dining and entertainment amenities. The banquet venue will be available for weddings, small conferences and other events. Guests of the hotel will have room views of the Christina River, the skyline of the City of Wilmington, the Blue Rocks Stadium, and the Russell Peterson Wildlife Refuge.
“This project is geared towards attracting special events and smaller corporate functions that would complement the overall strategic vision of the exciting and growing Wilmington Riverfront. We greatly appreciate the City of Wilmington’s support of our efforts and look forward to getting this project underway”. said Eric Sugrue, owner of Big Fish Restaurant Group.
Eric Sugrue (center), owner of Big Fish Restaurant Group. Image from Cape Gazette
“We are thrilled that Big Fish Restaurant Group has chosen to expand its successful brand on the Riverfront and bring in the ONIX Group as its partner” said Megan McGlinchey, Executive Director of the Riverfront Development Corporation. “With the addition of this new hotel, Wilmington will attract more corporate and leisure business, especially to the nearby Chase Center on the Riverfront. We look forward to a great working relationship with them.”
“We are pleased to welcome a new developer to Wilmington—the ONIX Group—which has an outstanding reputation in the hotel industry,” said Wilmington Mayor Mike Purzycki.
“It is good to see this continuing interest in the Riverfront. I know that Eric Sugrue, the other partner in this project, will create a first-class small banquet facility that will add tremendously to our City’s hospitality scene. On behalf of all of our citizens, we are appreciative of ONIX and Eric for their commitment to our City and its future.”
The partnership has interviewed industry-leading hotel brands with the goal of bringing a popular, business and leisure hotel product to the Riverfront. ONIX and Big Fish will select the brand that will contribute the most to the exciting atmosphere of the Wilmington Riverfront.
ONIX Group’s hospitality division currently owns and operates hotels under the Hilton, Marriott and Choice franchise system in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Florida.
Big Fish Restaurant Group operates restaurants in Pennsylvania and Delaware, including Big Fish Grill, Trolley Square Oyster House, Salt Air, Bella Coast, Summer House, The Crab House and more. Big Fish offers a diverse cuisine and is well known for the freshest seafood in Delaware and surrounding areas.
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