Wilmington, NC, restaurants that closed in 2023

Wilmington, NC, restaurants that closed in 2023

Wilmington, NC, restaurants that closed in 2023

Restaurants of all shapes and sizes closed in the Wilmington area this year – from big chains to local favorites. Here are some of those that we will miss and those that surprised the local food community.

Elizabeth’s Pizza 

Almost a year ago, this popular local pizza restaurant that had been in business since 1987 closed (temporarily, at least) as they work on a complex insurance claim resulting from hurricane damage. Meanwhile, fans of the eatery in the shopping center at Market Street and Kerr Avenue in Wilmington hope for the return of stromboli, pizza and excellent ranch dressing. 

Ella’s of Calabash 

Another closure that came as a result of catastrophic forces was this one in Brunswick County. This spring, a fire destroyed the seafood restaurant that is one of the originators of the classic Calabash-style fried seafood. The family that owns this eatery that opened in 1950 (and its nearby sister restaurant Beck’s) have plans to rebuild and reopen. 

Hops Supply Co. on Oleander Drive closed in March.

Hops Supply Co. 

Fans were caught off guard in March when LM Restaurants announced that this popular gastropub would close at 5400 Oleander Drive in Wilmington. The site was purchased to make room for a future gas station. 


Speaking of surprises, locals got one when this chain closed its Wilmington location. Although it has a well-known national presence, Applebee’s has closed about 300 of its restaurants since 2017. One of the recent casualties was the Wilmington location at 5120 New Centre Drive. The Leland location at 1113 New Point Blvd. is still open. Other chains to close locations in the Wilmington area include Wild Wing Cafe, Mac’s Speed Shop and Fox and Hound Bar and Grill. 

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