This week is the last in business for The Lunchbox deli in Wilmington

This week marks the last in operation for The Lunchbox deli in Wilmington. Co-owner Yvonne Inman said she was pursuing another opportunity.

“After a lot of soul-searching and a lot of thinking about our future, we have made the difficult decision to officially announce the closure of our beautiful little labor of love,” she wrote in a Facebook post.

“We have another opportunity that will require all of our energy and attention, so we know we would be unable to give the best of The Lunchbox. ”

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Inman was a waitress at the business at 1616 Shipyard Blvd. when she bought the restaurant from the previous owners seven years ago, along with Jeff McDonald. They updated the space, added a collection of lunch boxes, and kept much of the menu, which focused on homemade items.

After the post, fans of the restaurant stopped by during their last days of activity to get favorite dishes like desserts, sandwiches, soups like Brad’s Lima Bean and Ham and the signature Chicken and Rice, in addition to pounds of chicken, tuna and egg salads.

At that proverbial “fork in the road,” Inman and McDonald are accepting offers from interested buyers.

Allison Ballard is the Food Journalist for StarNews. You can reach her at [email protected]

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