Rehoboth Beach commissioners unanimously approved a permit of compliance allowing Egg restaurant to operate in the former McQuay’s Market, near the entrance to Rehoboth Beach.
Owner Missy Moore described Egg, 510 Rehoboth Ave., as a breakfast and brunch place, with a menu including scrapple and eggs, bloody Marys and mimosas. In addition to a permit to serve alcohol, a permit for a small, outdoor patio was required.
In a letter to the commissioners, Marilyn and Jackie Harmon, 506B Rehoboth Ave., opposed the permit, saying issues related to parking, trucks, patrons congregating on sidewalks and loitering would have a negative impact on the nearby Cottages community.
Joanne Brannen, 506C Rehoboth Ave., said outdoor seating will obscure her view of traffic as she leaves her driveway. She said cars confusing the entrance to the Cottages with parking for Egg will also cause safety issues for children playing outside. Brannen said the location is not ideal for a restaurant.
Landlord Cindy Lovett said Egg would enhance the gateway to Rehoboth Avenue and provide an anchor to a building that has seen multiple tenants come and go over the past five years.
Commissioner Stan Mills said while he took the concerns of neighbors seriously, he believes Egg complies with city code and has met the requirements for a permit.
Commissioner Paul Kuhns said he would like to see more storefronts in that area filled. He said he did not believe parking or noise would be major problems.