A local couple who have always loved downtown Wilmington's only fondue restaurant are now the new owners of the business.
Little Dipper Fondue first opened in the historic building at 138 S. Front St. in 2005. Co-founders Pete and Kristen Gruodis have helped the restaurant become of of the area's most popular spots for cheese, chocolate and outdoor dining in the 17 years since.
But now the couple want to spend more time with their young children, said Joan Loch, with MoMentum Companies who worked on the sale, but they wanted to find the right people to take over the business.
Rachel and Jason McGhinnis fit the bill, Loch said. Rachel has a hospitality background while Jason has a digital marketing business and works for Thermo Fisher Scientific.
"This is definitely a bittersweet moment for us,” Kristen Gruodis said. "We are excited to turn the business over to a great couple, Rachel and Jason, who we believe will do a good job growing our original concept, but also add their fresh new take."
Rachel McGhinnis said they're looking forward to taking the restaurant to the next level and want to continue to make it a place where people want to celebrate with a unique dining experience.
Allison Ballard is the food and dining reporter at the StarNews. You can reach her at email@example.com.
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