New restaurant hold ribbon cutting Thursday in downtown

Published 5:13 pm Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Da’lish, a multi-cultural restaurant, has opened inside of the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, located at 110 W. Finney Ave. in Historic Downtown Suffolk.

The grand opening ribbon cutting ceremony will be held Thursday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. Mayor Michael Duman will be in attendance at the event.

Da’lish is a smokehouse, grill and shop with a Polish twist – the menu features multiple authentic Polish dishes, such as pierogies, golabki, kielbasa and kraut.


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Meals at Da’lish are made with fresh ingredients and most items are gluten free, with the exception of some sauces and starch substitutes. The sauerkraut is imported from Poland and does not contain any vinegar, unlike what most people are accustomed to. The pierogies are handmade from a deli in Hamtramck, Michigan. The smoking and grilling process creates exciting flavors and meats that melt in one’s mouth. The soups are Dennis’ original recipes and are made from scratch.

“I am excited to see the continued growth and investment in our Downtown corridor,” Mayor Michael Duman said. “We thank Dennis and his team for choosing to open Da’lish in Suffolk and contribute to the success of our city and the Suffolk Cultural Arts Center.”

Da’lish owner Dennis Wilkelis said he has taken his Polish heritage, using basic ingredients and recipes from his mother, but changed the cooking method and process to make gourmet dishes.

“Da’lish came about during a trip I took visiting family in Michigan,” Wilkelis said. “I had just created my ‘Afterbite’ smoked jerky flavor recipe. While sharing it with my brother and other patrons, everyone kept saying ‘That’s delish!,’ and with the midwest accent it became “Da’lish!”

Da’lish will be open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sundays, and is closed on Tuesdays. More information can be found at or  by visiting their Facebook page