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White Dog Bistro under new ownership

The White Dog Bistro in Mathews is under new ownership.

Walter Wilkes, who has been the executive chef there since 2013, has taken over the day-to-day operations of the bistro from Mac and J.C. Casale of Gwynn’s Island, from whom he leases the building. Wilkes’s wife, Amanda, is the office manager.

Wilkes said the restaurant offers “fine dining without being pretentious,” with a no-jackets-required format. He offers a seasonal menu, using fresh ingredients from local sources as much as possible for a symbiotic relationship.

“My roots go back to New Orleans creole,” Wilkes said. So he puts some of that influence on his changing menu selections, also offering “an Asian flair.” And don’t forget the steaks and the local seafood such as rockfish which he said is a big seller.

Along with a rotating menu of entrees, Wilkes said he uses vegetables in season and even grows some of his herbs. Homemade desserts are popular, he said, especi...

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