Residents and commuters traveling to, from or through Wilmington, Delaware experienced high volumes of traffic after the bridge over the Christina River was closed when government officials realized it was in dire need of construction.


The bridge, which typically carries approximately 90,000 vehicles daily, was said to be standing on a tilt posing a possible danger for travelers. The necessary construction required an 11-mile shutdown of major Highway I-495.


As such, the 90,000+ travelers were forced onto I-95 to join hundreds of thousands of commuters and beachgoers. Drivers from Florida to Maine, from Wilmington to Philadelphia, from Baltimore to D.C. and just about everywhere in between were affected by the road closure. Even the president, who was recently spotted in Wilmington’s legendary Charcoal Pit, took notice.


Something had to be done to help accommodate the many travelers spending hours of their time in traffic on long summer mornings, evenings, afternoons and nights. Local eateries put their heads together to come up with a solution and decided that the answer was an epic event entitled “Wilmington after Work”.


The city is making the best of the situation by encouraging commuters, workers, beachgoers and local residents to stay in town after work and help themselves to delightful $4.95 specials in some of the hottest local spots.


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Participating Restaurants

Chelsea Tavern
A healthy helping of food, beer and entertainment is always on the menu at Chelsea Tavern but during Wilmington after Work it’s also on sale. Their special happy hour menu features $4.95 drinks along with all of the following entrees and appetizers for just $4.95 each:

  • Buffalo Chicken Tacos
  • Margarita Pizza
  • Quarter Pound Cheeseburger with Fries
  • Smoked Bacon Mac and Cheese and more

Domain Hudson
Fine dining establishment Domain Hudson is featuring a sophisticated chef tasting board for just $4.95. The board is adorned with gourmet cheese, salami and pickled vegetables. For an additional $4.95 hungry travelers can add a dash of wine.


Deep Blue
Deep Blue, the All-American fishhouse is offering a wide array of wine and cocktails for just $4.95 along with all of the following tasty treats:

  • Fried Calamari
  • Buffalo Wings
  • Lump Crab Meat and Cheddar Nachos
  • A Manchego Cheese Plate
  • Old Bay Yukon Gold Poutine

Green Room Bar
Savory ribeye steak skewers served with a side of mushroom soy are on the $4.95 menu for the Green Room Bar.


Harry’s Seafood Grill
Harry’s Seafood Grill has gone all out for the new bridge closure celebration. Their tapas menu features a select $4.95 drink along with sautéed calamari, tempura asparagus, fried manchego w/ chili lime aioli, grilled chorizo toast and chicken tenders.


Ubon has brought their drink specials down even lower by adding $3 Asian bottled beers, $4 draft beers $4 glasses of house wine, $4.50 Wells drinks and $4.95 premium wine glasses. The premium special excludes wines only sold by the bottle. In addition, the following bottled beers can be acquired for just $3:

  • Corona
  • Heineken
  • Blue Moon
  • Amstel Light
  • Miller Light
  • Yuengling

World Café Live at the Queen
Pick up a legendary King Street Pizza at the World Café Live at the Queen for just $4.95 during happy hour Wednesdays.


Zaikka Indian Grill
The Zaikka Indian Grill is offering a $4.95 chicken bowl at their King Street location throughout the entire closure of I-495. This special is not to be combined with other offers.


Delta Restaurant (Downtown Visions)
Grab a delicious yet light chicken salad platter over mixed greens for just $4.95 at the Delta Restaurant.


Dimeo’s Pizzaiuoli Napulitani
In honor of the closure of the bridge, Dimeo’s will be offering a two topping pizza slice special with a large fountain soda for just $4.95 for the remainder of the summer.


Leo & Jimmy’s
Leo and Jimmy’s will be serving up half subs combined with a canned soda and bag of chips for the bargain price of $4.95.


Chicken salad sandwich lovers can stock up on $4.95 soup and sandwich specials at Libby’s.


Those who opt to stop in at Qdoba can scoop up two soft flour or crispy corn tacos for just $4.95. Tacos include sour cream, cheese, lettuce and the customer’s preferred meat and salsa selection.


The RLounge
A wide variety of island inspired dishes such as jerk chicken, curry chicken and Southern fried fish will be available at the RLounge during Wilmington after Work.


Terra Café
Vegan commuters will delight at the Terra Café’s $4.95 dish comprised of rice, herbs and grape leaves.


The 495 Bridge Sandwich is the newest addition to Uschy’s menu. It is a pork or chicken schnitzel served on a ciabatta roll.


Only in Wilmington, Delaware could a bridge closure give way to such savings and celebration. To hear more about local restaurant specials, contact us at Live, Work, Play Wilmington.


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