DiCastro’s is a new restaurant in Sylvan Beach catering to weddings and large events. It was formerly Pfohls Beach House, but if you’ve been around for a while, DiCastro’s Owner David Stirpe says you may remember it once was DiCastro’s.
"This venue was DiCastro’s for 40 years and was really the place back in the day when you talk to the old timers. All the old crooners used to come here and sing, and it just had that feeling to it. That vibe."
Stirpe is hoping to get that vibe back. He’s been open for about a month now and is already getting a good feeling.
"The people that are on the beach have been amazingly wonderful, which is exactly what I expected. During the ceremonies they move out of the way and they listen, and a lot of the people start crying. It’s really a nice thing for the beach. They’ve been unbelievable, incredibly gracious."
So now you have DiCastro’s for weddings and larger venues, but starting this weekend, you’ll be able to walk across the street to a more casual experience to a new restaurant called Chop & Grind.
"Basically we’re going to be doing a lot of casual food, so BBQ, burgers, sandwiches, things that you can just casually come in, grab it, sit down with the family and just enjoy a pleasant time here."
The restaurant should have no trouble filling the seats during the summer months, but Manager David Digiorgio says they plan on keeping it open all year round by sticking to a basic plan.
"He’s going to keep the prices affordable, and he’s going to try to keep an ambiance and you know casual ambiance here. So people that are coming back from work, you know happy hour they come down. They want a quick burger before they go home or whatever that may be. This will be the place to stop, definitely."
Chop & Grind will have a soft opening this weekend, and start up normal business hours starting on Tuesday.