Wm Mellon, General Manager / Proprietor

"It is still very unclear to me how I stumbled into this industry. My parents didn’t own a family restaurant that I worked in through high school saving money for summer vacation and a used Plymouth for senior year. In fact, my family and I rarely went out to eat.

At any rate, I’ve been eating my whole life. It’s something I’ve always been good at. It seems that I was destined to do something where I could continue to encourage the gift of eating that possesses me.

In all seriousness, I have been fortunate to have worked with some of the greatest people on earth and for some reason, they all seem to work in restaurants. I guess I have been going to school since I got out of the Army and saw the first “help wanted” sign on the window of an uptown eatery. That day I got the job. I am certain that I was hired because I was the first to apply and nothing else.
Fast forward twenty years and here I am. I’ve had the pleasure of working under top chefs since the early days of scrubbing pots and mopping a sweaty kitchen well into the night.

Aside from actually being the chef, I’ve done everything in every department of the restaurant’s operation. Over the past decade I’ve worked with the area’s best chefs: James Bain (Harvest Moon/Dockside), Pete Baxley (Harvest Moon/City Club), Tom Mills (Gardenias/Little Pond), Aaron Peterson (deluxe/Fresh Market) Keith Rhodes (deluxe/Catch), Kevin O’Connell (Seldom Blues/LFCC), Shawn Wellersdick (undercurrent/Port Land Grille) & Josh Woo (Yo Sake). They’ve all shaped my love for this industry and share with me this most recent endeavor.

This restaurant has been a dream of mine for many years. I am very proud of what we have started. We work tirelessly to maintain originality in concept, uniqueness in wine selections and attentiveness to all the extra details that make dining an experience.

I still love to eat…manna simply invigorates this passion. Come see."

- Wm Mellon, General Manager/Proprietor
  • 123 Princess Street, Wilmington, NC 28401
    Dinner Hours: Tues-Sun: 5:30—Until  |  Closed on Monday
    Bar: Opens at 5pm
    For reservations call (910) 763-5252
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