A new Mexican restaurant will continue the site’s dining tradition – Daily Press

A new restaurant – 7 Mares Mexican Restaurant – is coming to 1138 Richmond Road, where restaurants have been operating for nearly 90 years.

No project details are available, but Garcias Restaurant, Inc. is listed with the Virginia State Corporation Commission as an operator and Juan C. Garcia Perez is named the company’s president.

According to available records, a restaurant opened in the one-story building in the mid-1930s and was considered one of the first three or four restaurants in town. Later, David Rutledge owned and operated the Ivy House restaurant from 1948 to 1960, where he was known for his “astronomical pancakes”.

Rutledge then served as the general manager of the outdoor drama “The Common Glory” here from 1968 until it closed in 1976. He was active with the Williamsburg Chamber of Commerce, serving as its president for one term .

The late Tom and Rose Paparis, Greek immigrants, bought the restaurant in Rutledge in 1960 and operated it without too many changes. They sold the property in 1969 to Nick Sarantakos (known as Nick Saras), who changed the menu and changed the name to Ivy House Restaurant & Nick’s Pewter Plate.

“Astronomic pancakes” were still available from various owners.

In the 1960s a new facade was put on the building to create the appearance of a second story with large columns at the front. “The Original Ivy House Restaurant” is inscribed on the brick of the building today, but the words are painted on and barely visible.

” Everything is false. The restaurant still only has one floor,” says Nikolaos Kokolis, whose family now owns the building.

John Kokolis, another Williamsburg Greek restaurateur, bought the building and business in 1982 and reopened it as Marino’s, offering Italian cuisine. The astronomical pancakes are gone.

The Kokolis family opened a new restaurant in 2007 at 5437 Richmond Road and called it “Astronomical Pancake House”. It is open every day from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Marino’s has operated for many years, but a succession of restaurants have taken up the space in recent years, including Corey’s Country Kitchen 2 and more recently Healthy Eatz, which last year only operated as a take-out restaurant due to the pandemic.

JPMorgan Chase has leased the 2,561 square foot former SunTrust bank branch at 202 N. Henry St. at Merchants Square in Williamsburg, according to a statement from Cushman & Wakefield | THALHIMER, commercial real estate company.

Chase will bring a bank back to an area where a bank had previously operated for nearly 125 years.

The largest U.S. bank by asset share, Chase plans to open 10 branches in Hampton Roads by the end of 2022, including a second in the Greater Williamsburg area at an as yet unannounced location.

The new branches are part of Chase’s long-term plan to add more than 140 units to its Mid-Atlantic region. Two new branches are also planned for Norfolk.

The SunTrust (now Truist) bank branch closed permanently in March 2021. It succeeded several banks operating near the site since 1897.

American Family Fitness, which operates many storefronts in the new town, mostly along Main Street, is scheduled to close on June 15.

“We realize this is unexpected news for our loyal members,” an email to club members said. “However, we hope everyone understands that we ended up with no further surgery as we were unable to reach an out-of-court lease agreement to continue operating at our Williamsburg site.”

The company opened in New Town in August 2011.

The state-operated Jamestown-Scotland ferry started its summer schedule on Friday. The approximately 20-minute crossing will operate 24 hours a day with four ferries in operation. The new schedule can be viewed online at virginiadot.org/travel/resources/Hampton_Roads/JSF_Summer_Schedule.pdf or by calling the ferry hotline at 800-823-3779.

• Allied Bellkey Realty has purchased the 33,348 square foot industrial building located at 1574 Penniman Road in York County. The 9.41 acre site was purchased from W&W Investment, LLC, for $2.2 million. Clay Culbreath of Cushman & Wakefield|THALHIMER handled the negotiations on behalf of the seller.

• Shine for You, LLC, auto detailing renewed its lease of 3,200 square feet of industrial space at the Shirley Pewter Building, 5691 Mooretown Road in James City County. Dawn F. Griggs of Cushman & Wakefield|THALHIMER handled the negotiations on behalf of the owner.

• Hand n Heart Home Care renewed its lease of 2,631 square feet of office space at 471 McLaws Circle in James City County. Andy Dallas of Cushman & Wakefield|THALHIMER handled the negotiations on behalf of the owner.

Wilford Kale, [email protected]

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