Wilmington’s Port City Java coffee shop chain evolving

When Steve Schnitzler and his family had arrived in Wilmington via New Jersey, and culinary school, he worked at local restaurants like Eddy Romanelli’s before eventually landing at Front Street Brewery. He was the executive chef tasked with helping open the area’s first brewpub in 1995.

“It took so many hours to get going,” he said. “Port City Java was next door. I went over there and got so much coffee.”

He was actually searching for a place to open his own restaurant when he met Port City Java founder Don Reynolds, who then convinced Schnitzler to join him at PCJ and help build the business. He was hired to be the director of operations and it was the start of a period of big growth for the coffee chain, which was only a couple of years old at the time.

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