Acoustic music will be on the menu at Jewish Mother Deli in Hampton

Scotty Miller, who runs the Jewish Mother restaurants in Virginia Beach and Norfolk, said last week he’s spreading his sandwich, beer and music empire to the Peninsula.

He said he’ll open a Jewish Mother Deli and Grill in Hampton on Wednesday, May 23. It’s to operate in the Hampton Town Center shopping center next to AMC 24 movie theater. “It’s going to be an express, about 3,000 square feet,” Miller said. “There will be a bar in the back and we’ll do some live acoustic music." He envisions booking mostly local acoustic acts.

He said he plans to add a patio, too. “We’ll have an outdoor café as soon as I have the permit. So we’ll have the same outdoor dining with sandwiches, burgers, cakes and pies that we have in Virginia Beach.”

The Hampton shop is part of a larger expansion of the Jewish Mother brand, Miller said. Next spring, he hopes to open a 12,000-square foot restaurant and live music venue in the High Street development in Williamsburg. “There, we’ll have national level entertainment … So, I’m back in the saddle. I’m going to do a few of them.”

Those who've been following live music in Hampton Roads for years will see this story as a case of deja vu. Under a different management group, the Jewish Mother previously expanded to Norfolk and Williamsburg. Eventually, the chain contracted to one location in Virginia Beach.

The restaurant's current main location in the Hilltop area of Virginia Beach books national acts ranging from Less Than Jake and Trombone Shorty to Johnny Winter and Band of Horses.

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