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January 7, 2004

Blue Talon Bistro coming to Merchants Square

Colonial Williamsburg has signed a lease with a new tenant for Merchants Square, the Blue Talon Bistro, which is slated to open May 2004. The Bistro will occupy the space that formerly housed the Cheese Shop and the Precious Gem on Prince George Street. The new 140-seat restaurant will offer what has been described ‘American cuisine with an accent’ for lunch and dinner daily.

David Everett, executive chef at Ford’s Colony for 13 years, and Adam Steely, restaurant manager at Ford’s Colony for the past four years, are partners in the new venture. Previously, Everett worked for the Fisher Hotel Group with responsibility for two major Washington, D.C. projects: the opening of Chardonnay, the signature restaurant at The Park Terrace Hotel, and oversight of the refurbishing of The Georgetown Inn.

Steely’s expertise at Ford’s Colony included direction of the extensive wine program in the acclaimed Dining Room. Previously, Steely partnered with Chef Jimmy Sneed at The Frog and the Redneck, a popular restaurant in Richmond. Together at the Blue Talon Bistro, Everett and Steely intend to introduce a menu with broad appeal for visitors, local business people, residents and students.

“Merchants Square increasingly is known for its great restaurants,” said Marina Ashton, director of commercial properties for Colonial Williamsburg. “This new addition with a renowned chef like David Everett will provide yet another reason for people to come to the downtown area.”

“I have always wanted to return to the ‘comfort’ style of cooking that I love to prepare,” said Chef Everett. “The Blue Talon Bistro will feature modern American fare as well as some bistro classics, with emphasis on the amazing products of Virginia – truly American cuisine with an accent.”

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