Over the years, a stand-alone restaurant in Midway Shopping Center off Route 1 in Rehoboth has been many things – a steak joint, a distillery, a dance club and most recently a Hooters. Now, if everything goes as planned, by the end of the year it will be an arcade.
In an interview Nov. 1, landlord Bryan Derrickson said he, his wife and new business partner will be opening The Hideout Arcade Bar & Grille. He said he thinks a mid-December opening is reasonable, but definitely by the end of the year.
Hooters closed its doors the last week of September after opening in July 2018. A public notice from the Alcohol Beverage Control Commissioner in the Nov. 1 edition of the Cape Gazette announced the new restaurant and arcade. It says The Hideout Arcade Bar & Grille LLC applied for a permit Oct. 28 allowing for a restaurant to sell alcohol seven days a week.
Derrickson said work has already begun on the interior of the restaurant, starting with a fresh coat of paint. Friends have said it doesn’t even look like a Hooters was there, he joked.
Derrickson said the restaurant and arcade theme wasn’t his original idea, but ultimately they went with it because he thought it was something different.
It’s a big space, and there needs to be something in there that’s going to bring in different types of customers, he said, describing The Hideout as a hybrid sports bar with a lot of classic arcade games.
Derrickson said he was disappointed Hooters didn’t last longer, but he said the Cape Region restaurant scene is tough. He said he was hoping the national chain would be there for at least a few years, maybe longer.
“It’s an extremely competitive market,” he said. “Of the 150 restaurants in the greater Lewes and Rehoboth area, 140 of them are good.”