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Jewish Mother to Open Location in Williamsburg

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The Jewish Mother’s president signs a 5-year lease Thursday that will bring the company to Williamsburg. (Left to right) Real Estate Broker Vernon Geddy, Company President Scotty Miller, Operations Director Dave Coleman, City Manager Jack Tuttle and Economic Development Director Michele Dewitt. (Courtesy of City of Williamsburg)

The Jewish Mother has signed a five-year lease for the Triangle Building, bringing a new venue for live music to the City of Williamsburg.

The Jewish Mother returns to Williamsburg more than 10 years after a fire destroyed its old location on Richmond Road.

Scotty Miller, president of The Jewish Mother, signed the lease Thursday with the City of Williamsburg for the more than 5,400 square feet of space at the corner of Prince George Street and Armistead Avenue.

The new venue, to be called The Jewish Mother Unplugged, will occupy two of the Triangle Building’s three spaces, with MAD about Chocolate already occupying the third space.

The Triangle Building has not been fully occupied since 2011.

Williamsburg’s Director of Economic Development said the opening of the business, which also has locations in Virginia Beach and Norfolk, would be a welcome change for Williamsburg’s younger crowd.

“Local young professionals tell us that they’d like to see more entertainment and dining options downtown,” said Michele Dewitt, director of economic development for the city of Williamsburg.

Downtown Williamsburg will have more upcoming changes, as the restaurant will be across the street from the future construction of 16,000 square feet of apartments and commercial space to be known as Prince George Commons, and east of the G-Square Redevelopment — 14,400 square feet of apartments and businesses. There is also a publicly funded $870,000 streetscape and stormwater project that will take place in the area.

“The neighborhood is changing in a big way,” City Manager Jack Tuttle said in a meeting with members of the press Thursday.

Dave Coleman, a partner and the director of operations, said the company will renovate the Triangle Building before opening. After it has been remodeled, the new business will have a stage for live music, full professional audio system, restaurant, delicatessen, full bar and outdoor dining area. The restaurant will also have a to-go aspect to offer full rotisserie chickens and a number of other prepared food items.

Because the Williamsburg location is smaller than its other venues in Hampton Roads, The Jewish Mother will likely play host to acoustic performances, but Coleman said the venue will respond to what the public wants. To reflect the smaller space and acoustic style, the company will likely tweak the name to The Jewish Mother Unplugged—similar to The Jewish Mother Hilltop and The Jewish Mother Backstage name concepts.

In its other locations, the company has been known to bring in well-known bands like “Panic! at the Disco.”

Coleman said The Jewish Mother is slated to open March 1 at the latest.

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21 Responses to Jewish Mother to Open Location in Williamsburg

  1. Virginia Reply

    November 14, 2014 at 12:39 am

    The jewish mother has always had a lot of great bands. I hear it is finally over for them?

  2. Linda Reply

    September 8, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    Lewis McGehee would be a great opening act!

  3. CoffeeNews Reply

    September 8, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Glad to see that more live music is coming to Williamsburg. Looking forward to their opening!

  4. local business owner Reply

    September 6, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    I am extremely excited for The Jewish Mother opening at the Triangle Shops. I own a business very close to that location, and I will definitely become a regular. I love the sandwiches and live music. This will be a great asset to Williamsburg. Can’t wait for you guys to open

  5. EatPlayWilliamsburg Reply

    September 6, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    So true there are not many musical venues here. We wish them the best!

  6. Crigger Reply

    September 6, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Very nice! All good thoughts for braving the Williamsburg culinary scene.

  7. Ownership Reply

    September 6, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    Between CW and The City of Williamsburg, all the property in the historic area in owned and controlled by them. I know of local business that was interested in that space multiple times, only to be put off. I guess bringing back a one time problem is the way to go. It is amazing though that tax dollars are used to maintain, advertise and promote the select few, and government will compete with whomever they want.

  8. Wonderful Reply

    September 6, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Now if they serve really good pastrami with rye bread and if they add Brisket to their dinner menu then I will be a regular customer. Love ethnic food BUT it must be authentic! Here’s hoping the Jewish Mother will not serve anything less then the real thing, it would be a sacrilege to do otherwise. Can’t wait until its grand opening!

    • Jeremy Reply

      September 8, 2013 at 8:37 am

      Wonderful, if you want to know what the Jewish Mother offers, you can visit their location in Hampton near the AMC 24. I for one am very excited as the Jewish Mother was one of my favorite restaurants to visit when in Virginia Beach.

  9. Ruth Burke Reply

    September 6, 2013 at 10:25 am

    I agree with KD.. Live music in Williamsburg has been missing.. see you there. I am excited.

  10. Heather Reply

    September 6, 2013 at 10:20 am

    My only hope is that the new location will attract a slightly different clientele than the old Richmond Rd location, at least during the later evening hours. I did love the Williamsburg specific mural at the old one…hope they bring something like that back!

  11. AR Reply

    September 6, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Exciting news! The Jewish Mother might be just what the “triangle” location needs.

  12. Stupidity Reply

    September 6, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Hopefully they did some research on the amount of failing restaurants in the area. Not to mention the restaurants that failed in the exact same spot they are going to occupy. Location, Location, Location…anybody remember that key to successful business? Then again it is the Jewish Mother, they will be the one who will make it! Bet no one else before them thought that…..idiots!

    • Then stay home. Reply

      September 6, 2013 at 1:00 pm

      Why the negativitly? It’s their investment, not yours. You must have a sad little life if all you want to do is rain on someone else’s parade. Why can’t you just wish them luck and leave it at that?

      • Dummy Reply

        November 13, 2014 at 8:20 am

        Was I wrong?

  13. ybrad22@yahoo.com Reply

    September 6, 2013 at 8:14 am

    I hope they don’t charge a 20% gratuity on tables of 5 or more people like they do at their Virginia Beach restaurant. We used to go all the time but stopped because it was unfair to have to pay a 20% tip because we had 5 people. Great food but rotten policies.

    • L Reply

      September 13, 2013 at 12:07 pm

      Quick reality check: In other parts of the world where servers make better hourly wages (and where it is not customary to tip), the cost is often included in the food.

      However, in this country, it is expected that you tip your server around 20%. Servers typically make around 1/4 of minimum wage (2-4.00 dollars per hour). The savings to the restaurant are, presumably, passed on to the customer. If you aren’t tipping, you are effectively stealing and getting away with it. This is legally understood, as well – the IRS presumes an automatic percentage (think it’s around 18%) has been tipped to the server, and it’s becoming quite common for servers to be taxed accordingly!

      (The reasonable exception is when a server fails to do their job properly, but even then, you should tip something.)

      If you can’t or won’t tip, please stay home. Or eat fast food. If you won’t pay to be waited on hand and foot, then you shouldn’t expect to be.

    • L Reply

      September 13, 2013 at 12:09 pm

      Oh – and if the fact that you have to pay 20% for five people is such an issue, then by all means complain to the management. But only if you receive poor service!

  14. KD Reply

    September 6, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Finally live music in Williamsburg! Just because we are in our 40′s does not mean we only want to hear someone stand alone with guitar. Smart move! When they opening?

    • J9 Reply

      September 6, 2013 at 10:20 am

      I was excited to hear that the Jewish Mother was coming to Williamsburg. I thought that we were again going to have a venue like Randalls where bands could play and we could dance…swing, country, lindy, rock n roll. I have traveled to Va Beach several times to hear a good band play. Disappointed to hear it will be acoustic music. We have plenty of places that feature good acoustic players but no venue for bands except for Cogans ,which has no dance floor, and Corner Pocket which doesn’t have bands often enough. Thank goodness we at least have those two places.

  15. Cindy Reply

    September 6, 2013 at 7:28 am

    I hope Lewis McGee will play up here like he does in Va Beach.

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