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Rascal's, New Castle DE

menton1 Feb 5, 2011 08:39 AM

Anybody been to this place? It was just featured on FN's Restaurant:Impossible show.

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  1. bluehensfan RE: menton1 Feb 7, 2011 03:17 AM

    Never been...that's why it was on the show!

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      menton1 RE: bluehensfan Feb 7, 2011 04:35 AM

      Hmmm... so if a Ch-er had been there, it wouldn't qualify for the show?? ?? I don't understand. It's been open since 1965!

    2. in bocca RE: menton1 Feb 7, 2011 05:29 AM

      I went there about 10 years ago, my grandparents live in New Castle and this place is located right next to one of my favorite greasy spoon guilty pleasures, The Dog House. Rascal's is everything they mentioned, smelly, gross and producing a poor product. I will admit though, I am intriuged to see if they have changed.

      I don't think bluehens meant that if a CH ate there that it would be good, just that it seemed like no-one wanted to eat there in that condition and that's why it would qualify.

      Dog House
      1200 N Dupont Hwy, New Castle, DE 19720

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        menton1 RE: in bocca Feb 7, 2011 05:37 AM

        During the show, they had 150 covers the first night, and 170 the next night. That's over 300 people right there!

        There are rumors going around that the place is slowly returning to pre-show condition, and others say that it is closed...

        Looking for facts!

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          Philly RE: menton1 Feb 7, 2011 09:15 AM

          Have you called them?

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            menton1 RE: Philly Feb 7, 2011 09:58 AM

            Call them? Why??? Would they give an objective response as to the dining experience there? What's wrong with asking Chowhounders?

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              Philly RE: menton1 Feb 7, 2011 10:45 AM

              Just trying to give you a simple solution to your "others say that it is closed" rumor. As for a dining experience, hopefully someone will share a recent experience.

      2. RC51Mike RE: menton1 Feb 8, 2011 04:46 AM

        Reported in the News Journal a couple weeks ago:


        This show sounds like a clone of Gordon Ramsey's show. It's reality TV so you have to take everything with a grain of salt. Drama and entertainment first, reality a distant second. They had over 300 people because they brought them in. They didn't just all show up because all of the sudden it was a good place to eat. I've been going to the Dog House for 25 years and never saw more than a car or two parked across the street and it never occurred to me to go there. I don't know anyone, I mean anyone who has ever eaten there.

        Dog House
        1200 N Dupont Hwy, New Castle, DE 19720

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          bluehensfan RE: RC51Mike Feb 8, 2011 06:55 AM

          Me either. And it always seemed odd for a place around here to feature crabs from Louisiana seeing that the Chesepeake is just down the road.

        2. menton1 RE: menton1 Mar 3, 2011 01:55 PM

          Is it true that this place closed?

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            Irishmafia RE: menton1 Mar 5, 2011 06:03 PM

            Driven past here the past few nights including about 30 minutes ago and there were zero cars and only the reflection of a neon light.

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              Mr. Fister RE: Irishmafia Mar 6, 2011 09:07 AM

              Crabs in New Castle. Need I say more.

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                menton1 RE: Mr. Fister Mar 6, 2011 09:19 AM

                What about Lestardo's in New Castle?

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                  Mr. Fister RE: menton1 Mar 6, 2011 09:56 AM

                  Exactly, one step lateral from Rascal's.

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                    Irishmafia RE: Mr. Fister Mar 6, 2011 10:31 AM

                    Not a crab person, but they are open and provide good customer service at a decent price. That's at least two things that Rascal's isn't.

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                  sal_acid RE: Mr. Fister Mar 6, 2011 09:59 AM

                  You might well say more. Is this good or bad?

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              Just Plain Craig RE: menton1 Mar 6, 2011 05:12 PM

              The biggest problem with Rascals is that its been open and closed several times over the years so no one whats going on. I really don't were they 300 in New Castle DE to go there in 2 weeks let alone 2 nights. They renovated several times. The place used to be pretty busy when it was open regularly but something happened. Maybe the owner got tired. But this building on one of the busiest highways in the state going to waste is a shame.
              I worked at the Doghouse for a week during the summer and its jam packed from open to clse. Rascals could be the same way.

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                Irishmafia RE: Just Plain Craig May 23, 2011 06:39 PM


                Rascal's has reopened for the "season". Not crowded, so don't know how they will do moving into th summer.

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                Irishmafia RE: menton1 Jun 26, 2011 04:20 PM

                Rascal's is gone. Owner put on a new coat of paint and new sign, "Beach Bum BBQ & Crabs"

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                  menton1 RE: Irishmafia Jun 26, 2011 04:43 PM

                  How is the place? Same owner?

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                    Irishmafia RE: menton1 Jun 27, 2011 05:22 PM

                    Comments from the owner:


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                      menton1 RE: Irishmafia Jun 28, 2011 07:17 AM

                      No information on that site...

                      How is this new place? Is it a new owner or the same guy?

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                        shellyrosen RE: menton1 Sep 16, 2011 07:07 AM

                        I was just there Sept 12,2011 for takeout. Shocked to see, no Rascals, but Beach Bums. Same owner, new name. Apparently, TV show, put the lid on the coffin of the place. I used to go there, loved it and was very disappointed on Monday. New hours, opens 4:30pm and the owner showed up and unlocked the door at 4:29 carrying in rolls of paper towels and aluminum trays. No waitress help, the one nice gentlemen helping was doing everything, restaurant side, take out side, cashier side etc. Owner cooking. Didn't have big crabs, but what they had was good, the brisket tasted good, but way dry and served in a very unappealing way. Remember this was takeout but so what? I feel bad, because I loved that place. If the owner can shake off his depression, put the work ethic and enthusiasm back into the place, show up early and go above and beyond for each customer, he will win everyone back. That is my prayer.

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                          genevapics RE: shellyrosen Sep 16, 2011 01:57 PM

                          Sorry to say shelly, but this place is doomed! If the owner can't get there until one minute before they open, what does that tell you about the place. This guy should just get out of the restaurant biz.

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                            menton1 RE: genevapics Sep 16, 2011 02:49 PM

                            Wouldn't it take at least an hour to get the cooking equipment going and prep the food?

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                              shellyrosen RE: menton1 Sep 16, 2011 04:43 PM

                              You're both correct. That's probably why he went on FN Rest. Impossible to begin with. If he can't put (at this point) 1000% effort into winning customers back and do everything required plus a whole bunch more, then he should pack it in and move to another line of work,

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                                Irishmafia RE: shellyrosen Dec 4, 2011 05:06 PM

                                Update: It seems this location is closed and available for purchase.

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                                  menton1 RE: Irishmafia Dec 5, 2011 09:07 AM

                                  Send the memo to Robert Irvine.

                2. Sensuous RE: menton1 Dec 5, 2011 04:31 PM

                  Here are two articles about Rascal's.

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