Dave Vitella grew up on the New Jersey Shore and moved to Hawaii with his wife soon after they married in 1993. In 1998, they moved their family to Lewes, where Dave became a high school teacher and coach at Cape Henlopen High School. He left Cape in 2001 to become a firefighter in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Then, in 2004, he combined his love of bagels and his affinity for the Lewes community when he started Surf Bagel and Deli on Rt. 1 in Lewes.
Over the last 12 years, Surf Bagel and Deli has grown to employ a staff of 24 serving an average of over 2,100 customers a week. The restaurant’s many loyal customers appreciate the quality of the welcoming and laid back atmosphere, as well as the menu, which, in addition to sandwiches, includes bagels and roasted coffee made daily on site.