Walking into Bethany Blues of Lewes always feels comfortable and familiar. For the last ten years they have built upon the foundation of barbecue, bourbon, and live music in a laid-back atmosphere. For Jessica Nathan, Director of Operations, celebrating their 10th anniversary feels like both a professional and personal milestone. 

“When we say that this is a family-friendly place,” Nathan says, “it’s not just that we enjoy families coming in to dine with us, which we do. But it’s beyond that—it’s part of the culture we have here, where we are treated like family by the people who employ us. It’s really special. For example,” she continues with a smile, “we still have a handful of people who have been with me here since we opened our doors ten years ago.” 

What’s notable about Bethany Blues is the balance between innovation, sustainability, and classic mainstays. While they focus on the environment with a sustainable green roof, going strawless, and eliminating their use of styrofoam in favor of biodegradable to-go boxes, they also have a barbecue menu that is so classically delicious, it’s remained just as popular in its original form over the last ten years.

Bethany Blues showcases their culinary innovation during their pairing dinners with bourbon and beer, while still staying true to the founding vision of good, old fashioned comfort food. Bartenders craft amazing cocktails that are modern and thoughtful, while still offering classic pours. It is this duality—being able to stay loyal to what works, while still remaining fresh—that keeps Bethany Blues moving forward while also having a firm grasp on who they are as a brand. 

“We continue to grow, and the growth is natural and customer-driven,” Nathan explains. “Over the years our catering sales exploded and enabled us to do bigger events, grow our fleet, and compete with some of the biggest caterers in town, which makes us all innately better.” This culminated last year in winning Best of Delaware’s  Best Downstate Caterer title. 

Looking forward, Nathan says there is no special master plan except to continue fostering the pride in the staff that translates into an overall happy culinary and atmospheric experience. “Our staff is such a huge part of what we do—we couldn’t do it without them.” Says Nathan, “and we hope that no matter what, our impact on Sussex County is a positive one.” 

Bethany Blues will be celebrating their 10th Anniversary all month long with a series of specials. Pop in a receive 10 percent off merchandise all month, $10 pitchers of Bud Light, $10 food specials, and $10 private stash bourbon tastings (while they last) and $10 ten ounce pours of Murphy Goode Wines. They will be capping off the month with an anniversary celebration on Sunday, March 31st from 5-8PM. Lower Case Blues and Nothin’ But Trouble will both be playing live. The bands plan to each play a set and them jam together. There will be a photo booth on site, some great food and drink specials and a few extra surprises along the way to commemorate the occasion!

“We hope the community and our loyal customers will come out and join us for a party that is going to really be special and, of course, FUN!” Says Nathan. After all, what is better than live blues, barbecue, and bourbon? It’s a decade-long winning combination! For more information visit Bethany Blues of Lewes on Facebook, or the web at