CAPE CHARLES, VA – After many months of hard work in formulating the Request for Proposals for Sea Gull Island Food & Beverage and Retail Concessions Contract and evaluation of proposals, the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel Commission is pleased to announce the award of the Food & Beverage and Retail Concessions on Sea Gull Island to Virginia Originals, LLC.

Virginia Originals, LLC is an exciting new concept that 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 and through Virginia Originals LLC, they plan to celebrate 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.

The newly-renovated facility will include Chesapeake Grill, a casual yet full-service restaurant that will feature 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” will be available for those travelers that are in a hurry and need to get back on the road. Additionally, outdoor dining will be available for customers that wish to stop, stretch their legs, and take in the views of the Chesapeake Bay.

The Virginia Originals store will offer a retail shopping experience that is sure to please customers as it will be designed to feature all that is good about the Commonwealth. With children’s items, clothing, artwork by local artisans, gift baskets, and souvenirs, Virginia Originals is sure to have “something” for everyone.

Renovations are slated to begin on March 1 and a grand opening is anticipated in June of 2010.

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