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August 16, 2011

Gastropub Planned for Merchants Square

Colonial Williamsburg is pleased to announce that an exciting new restaurant will open in the former SunTrust Bank Building in Merchants Square.

David Everett, chef/owner of the successful Blue Talon Bistro and The Trellis Restaurants, also located in Merchants Square, will be the proprietor of the yet-to-be-named 140-seat “gastropub.” The restaurant will serve a wide variety of casual dishes and beers, some themed on English pub fare and made with fresh, local ingredients.

“Our goal is to offer an alternative to the current dining in Merchant Square with yet another unique and disarming neighborhood establishment,” said Everett. “The theme and scope of a gastropub combines the leisurely and unpretentious ambience of a watering hole with the epicurean delights of a good eatery at an affordable price.”

The restaurant will occupy the first floor and lower level of the iconic former bank building at the corner of Duke of Gloucester Street and North Henry Street. The brick building topped by a cupola was built in the 1930s with additions in the 1950s and 1960s. It will be completely renovated while preserving its historic exterior and its interior charm. Six offices will be available for lease on the second floor. Altogether it has approximately 10,800 square feet of space on three floors.

The renovation will start this fall with an opening planned for spring 2012.

Located adjacent to Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area, Merchants Square is an 18th-century-style retail village with 40 shops and restaurants. Visitors and local residents alike regularly experience the Square’s unique shopping, dining and special events offerings in a setting of unrivaled beauty. Merchants Square is recognized as one of the first planned shopping districts in the United States. In 2005, Merchants Square was added to the National Register of Historic Places along with the Williamsburg Lodge and the Williamsburg Inn to make up the Merchants Square and Resort Historic District. In October 2009, Duke of Gloucester Street was designated as one of the 10 Great Streets for 2009 by the American Planning Association (APA). The APA recognized Duke of Gloucester Street for its unique ability to evoke the past while also maintaining a lively mix of modern-day uses.

Merchants Square properties are owned by Colonial Williamsburg with the majority leased to private business owners. Revenue from Colonial Williamsburg’s commercial property initiatives supports the educational programs of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the not-for-profit educational organization that oversees and operates the restored 18th-century Historic Area. For more information on Merchants Square, visit www.merchantssquare.org. For information on office leasing, please contact Marina Ashton at 757-220-7751 or mashton@cwf.org

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Colonial Williamsburg Hotels feature conference spaces and recreation activities from spa and fine dining to world-class golf. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at www.history.org.

Media Contact:
Tom Shrout
(757) 220-7265



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