The long-awaited Bramble & Brine at The Buttery opened Dec. 19 on Second Street in Lewes.
Using the vision of restaurateur Megan Kee, the historic Trader Mansion was transformed into a charming restaurant with several dining rooms and the ribbon-clad Pink Pony bar.
The menu features a mixture of appetizers, small plates and entrees. Highlighting the entree selections are ribeye asiago, tea-brined scallops, stuffed pork praline, and chicken and dumplings. The menu also features a rich selection of wines.
Kee opened Bramble & Brine in Rehoboth Beach in 2013, but stepped away from the restaurant in 2014. She hasn’t slowed down since then, opening La Fable on Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth Beach in 2016 and then Houston White Co. on Rehoboth Avenue in 2018. Dalmata, an Italian restaurant, opened in late 2020.
This version of Bramble & Brine is particularly personal for Kee because of her family’s long lineage in Lewes. A female ancestor of hers helped found what is now the Pilots’ Association for the Bay and River Delaware. Another family member served as mayor of the town for a long time in the early 20th century. Kee herself grew up in Lewes while also spending a lot of time with her grandparents in Henlopen Acres.
Bramble & Brine, located at 102 Second St. at the corner of Savannah Road, opens at 4 p.m. for dinner. It is closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but will reopen Sunday, Dec. 26.