August 21, 2018 at 10:18 am EDT | by Blake Chambers
New Rehoboth restaurant launches ‘Let’s Make History’ campaign
Dane Wilfong, gay news, Washington Blade

‘We have a very thoughtful and unique vision for The Pines’ said Dane Wilfong, its executive chef. (Photo courtesy The Pines)

The Pines, a soon-to-open new restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, has launched its “Let’s Make History” campaign, which calls on the community to submit photos of their favorite memories of Rehoboth.

These photos can range from landscapes, old family beach houses, images of downtown, family photos or anything historic. The Pines is looking for 200+ photos for the campaign.

The Pines is slated to open in the fall in about six to eight weeks. Taking over the space that used to be home to Hobos on Baltimore Avenue, the renovation of the restaurant has been a big undertaking but is moving along quickly now. With the renovation moving into the interior, The Pines decided to launch the “Let’s Make History” campaign and plans to use the photos submitted by the community to display in the restaurant. The name of the restaurant as well as the concept for it were inspired by the history and hospitality of old Rehoboth. With this campaign, The Pines is looking to remind visitors of what Rehoboth was like.

Tyler Townsend and Bob Suppies, the owners of the restaurant, said they wanted to pay homage to Rehoboth Beach as it’s a place where so many visitors have created lasting memories.

Townsend told the Blade back in June that the biggest challenge he sees to finding success with The Pines is just carrying out his vision. Townsend is confident that the restaurant will be successful, expressing that his dream for the restaurant is to create the best place for diners to have a good time and make happy memories. For its cuisine, The Pines is looking to create a modern style by mixing classic Rehoboth dishes with a twist from executive chef Dane Wilfong.

“We have a very thoughtful and unique vision for The Pines. The town of Rehoboth is currently filled with great food and lots of love, but I feel we can set ourselves apart with an upscale city approach to our tavern concept, while still being able to realize what makes Rehoboth so great to so many,” Wilfong told the Blade in June. “We hope to utilize our local resources from farms, orchards, growers and captains for our entirely from scratch fresh take on tavern cuisine.”

Suppies and Townsend are planning to use some of their own personal photos but are keeping them as a surprise for their guests at the restaurant. They expressed that they are planning to be involved in the community to support Rehoboth Beach in many campaigns similar to “Let’s Make History,” however, they are keeping future announcements similar to this one under wraps.

“The response has been amazing. We have received dozens, and it has been really moving to see all the memories and to read the stories behind them,” Townsend said of the photos they have received so far. “Rehoboth Beach has created lifelong memories and still continues to do so. We are very excited about this campaign and look forward to sharing as many photos as we can get.”

Photos can be submitted by email to [email protected]. The Pines requests that submissions include name, contact info, a short description and year if possible.

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