A new chapter in downtown Delaware began last week, as Hoggy's Restaurant and Catering opened in the city's downtown.

A new chapter in downtown Delaware began last week, as Hoggy's Restaurant and Catering opened in the city's downtown.

True to their word, Hoggy's officials last Wednesday held a grand opening for their newest venture, close to a month after announcing the restaurant chain would replace the Brown Jug Restaurant at 13 W. William St.

The opening to the general public came a day after a "preview party" was held for local dignitaries and Hoggy's friends. It was in line with a pledge Hoggy's made last month to be up and running by mid- to late-August.

"Today we are set for our grand opening," Karen Lipps, Hoggy's marketing director, said last Wednesday. "At the latest, we'll be open by 4 o'clock today for dinner."

Hoggy's began setting up shop shortly after the Brown Jug closed July 7. The former Delaware landmark business ceased operations after its owners, Bill Stroud and Ed Wolf, decided to retire and sell the building to Scott Blackwell, a landowner-developer who also owns the building which formerly housed Bianchi's Bar and Grill, at 6 S. Sandusky St.

The new Delaware restaurant is Hoggy's seventh. The Columbus-based chain also operates a store at Polaris, three in Columbus, one in suburban Cleveland and one in northern Kentucky.

Lipps said the Delaware location's hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sundays.

"We really just want to get people in and used to our product," she said. "We're officially open, so we hope people will stop in and have a quick lunch if they're working downtown, or stop in for a family dinner."

Patrons will see a number of artifacts from the former Brown Jug, which opened in Delaware in 1946, and operated on William Street since 1970. Much of the memorabilia is related to the annual Little Brown Jug harness race.

The nods to the past have been incorporated into Hoggy's brand.

"Customers will see a lot of intermixing of Hoggy's stuff on the walls with things from the old restaurant," Lipps said.

Lipps said the restaurant employs about 45 people, and more staffers could be hired during the fall or holiday season. She also noted that regular specials and events -- such as "kids night" in which one child aged 12 and under can eat for free from the kids menu with the purchase of an adult entrée -- would be begin immediately.

"I believe next week we'll be starting live music, possibly on Tuesday nights," she said. "That's going to be a regular thing from 6 to 8 p.m."