With a focus on classic American cuisine, 501 Bar and Grill opened at the Stonehouse Golf Course in Toano last week.
Owner Mo Boulftali, who also owns Jimmy’s Oven and Grill on Richmond Road, said he was interested in opening a new restaurant capable of hosting and catering large events, and he felt encouraged to open the business after hearing from nearby residents that the area needed more dining options.
Although the restaurant overlooks the Stonehouse Golf Course, 501 Bar and Grill is open to the public, he said.
“I know this end of the county needed a restaurant because there’s nothing around here, and then the residents that live in Stonehouse (said) they want me to come down here, so that’s what really encouraged me to come in and start a restaurant here,” Boulftali said.
The restaurant is about 7,500 square feet and can hold about 400 people across its two dining rooms, he said. 501 Bar and Grill is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and offers a more casual dining room menu along with what Boulftali called his signature dining room menu.
“I have a casual dining room menu and a signature menu which is a little bit more upscale with steaks and seafood and things like that,” he said. “It’s a pretty diverse menu. We have things from sandwiches to entrees, fish and steaks.”
The restaurant also offers a private event room for weddings and other special events, along with deck and patio seating and a bar area overlooking the golf course’s 18th hole, he said.
The Stonehouse Golf Course is expected to reopen this month, according to a James City County news release. Once the course is open, 501 Bar and Grill will deliver food to golfers on the course, the release states.
501 Bar and Grill is at Stonehouse Golf Course at 9700 Mill Pond Run. For more information, visit 501barandgrill.net or call 757-794-3112.
Ron Campana Jr., associate broker at Campana Waltz Commercial Real Estate, was named the first chairman of the Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance’s Business Council at a membership meeting Monday evening.
The meeting celebrated the official launch of the Business Council, with the installation of its officers and council members. While the Tourism Council is focused on growing overnight tourism in the area, the Business Council aims to promote local businesses and spur regional economic growth
Julie Summs will serve as vice chairwoman for the Business Council, and Chris Smith will be its treasurer. Zeidler will continue as the immediate past chairwoman, and Terry Banez will remain the council’s executive director.
Susan Bak, Randy Casey-Rutland, Cathy Chaplain, Michael Claar, Kevin Crossett, Dustin Devore, Mark Duncan, Ben Ellington, Brian Fuller, Cheri Green, Chris Kerner, Carolyn Keurajian, Ruth Larson, Kevin Lembke, Steve Meade, Doug Pons, Mike Rock, Greg Storer, Adria Vanhoozier, Walt Zaremba and Benny Zhang were also named members of the new Business Council Board of Directors.
“It’s an honor to have the opportunity to be the chair of this board for the upcoming year,” Campana said. “I’ve had the privilege of being on this board for quite some time in a number of capacities, and I’m excited to be a part of the continued growth of this organization.”
For more information, visit williamsburgcc.com.
Laura Flint was recently named director of marketing and business development at the Williamsburg Premium Outlets.
In her new position, Flint will manage the outlet mall’s marketing efforts, which will include developing events and coordinating advertising, public relations, tourism marketing and retailer promotion, according to a company news release.
She joins the Premium Outlets with more than 20 years of area marketing and sales experience, according to the release, and most recently worked as tourism manager for Busch Gardens Williamsburg and Water Country USA.
“We’re delighted to welcome Laura to spearhead the marketing efforts at Williamsburg Premium Outlets,” general manager Lynn Meredith said in the release. “Her broad depth of experience across the retail, tourism and attraction sectors combined with her longstanding knowledge and personal connection with the local market here in Williamsburg makes her the perfect addition to our team.”
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