These women once reigned over the coastal restaurant scene

By Pam George
From the Holiday 2019 issue


There’s been a lot of press recently about women shaking up the restaurant industry as owners and as chefs. But in coastal Delaware, several trailblazers owned restaurants during a time when women were a minority in most workplaces, not just in the male-dominated hospitality industry.




Sue Florio, Ruth Steele, Alice Gundry, Elizabeth Gundry Hooper and Ruth Emmert were formidable females who ran memorable establishments. Here’s a look back at these women and their businesses.


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