Virginia Originals is owned by Christopher and Kellson Savvides. Christopher, with his family, is the owner of Black Angus Restaurant and Catering in Virginia Beach, VA. They bring with them more than 25 years of restaurant and retail experience.
The facility includes Chesapeake Grill, a casual yet full-service restaurant that features a complete menu including breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a focus on local seafood entrees, fresh-made soups, salads and grill items, using locally-grown and harvested ingredients as much as possible. “Grab and go” items are available for those travelers that are in a hurry and need to get back on the road. Additionally, outdoor dining is available for customers that wish to stop, stretch their legs, and take in the views of the Chesapeake Bay.
The Virginia Originals store offers a retail shopping experience that is sure to please customers as it features all that is good about the Commonwealth. With children’s items, clothing, customized gift baskets and souvenirs, Virginia Originals is sure to have that “something” for everyone!
Ionic Dezign Studios of Virginia Beach, VA created the new design and Hoy Construction of Norfolk, VA performed the renovations that began on April 6. The newly-renovated restaurant and gift shop opened its doors to the public on July 1, 2010. For the last seven years, through Virginia Originals LLC, this establishment has celebrated the people, the culture and the food of Virginia, while elevating the level of service, quality of food and marketability of the retail selections to ensure that the facility’s establishment is a desirable destination for locals and tourists alike.
Current seasonal hours are 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily.
On September 28, 2017, this unique facility closed its doors to the public as the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel makes way for the construction of the Parallel Thimble Shoal Tunnel. However, Virginia Originals gift shop will relocate to a small space located within the North Toll Plaza Rest Area at the southern tip of Virginia’s Eastern Shore.