Last call: Dudley’s Bistro to close on Saturday

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Dudley's Bistro, a contemporary American restaurant, will close May 28. (Photo courtesy of Dudley's Bistro)
Dudley’s Bistro, a contemporary American restaurant in New Town, will close May 28. (Photo courtesy of Dudley’s Bistro)

Dudley’s Bistro, a contemporary American restaurant owned by a former member of the James City County Board of Supervisors, will close its doors in New Town on Saturday.

Jim Kennedy, owner and chef, said the closing of the restaurant at 4904 Courthouse St. in Williamsburg is the result of an “amicable parting of the ways” between Dudley’s Bistro and Developers Realty Corporation, which owns the New Town mixed-use community.

In its four years of operation, Dudley’s Bistro achieved several honors, including Open Table Diners’ Choice awards annually since 2014 and a Coastal Virginia Magazine Platinum Plate award in 2014.

Kennedy said he already is on the lookout for a place to open a new restaurant and that he has investors lined up to help make that happen. “It’s a major undertaking,” he said. “We’re looking to do something brand new and exciting.”

Kennedy’s ideas include a steak and chop house or a Charleston-style Southern food restaurant. He also wants to make sure his next restaurant has a bar, something Dudley’s Bistro lacked.

“When you have a nice restaurant, you really need to have a bar,” he said. “You lose that business, it’s hard.”

Kennedy said he may not open a new restaurant in James City County, even though he lives in Toano and represented the Stonehouse district off and on from 2000 through 2015. Rather, he’s looking at spaces in Williamsburg.

“I’d like to be in the city,” he said. “The city is doing a lot with food and tourism.”

Until then, Kennedy has a final week of meals to serve in New Town.

On Saturday, Dudley’s Bistro will “go out on a high note,” with diners being treated to seafood and drink specials, he said, adding, “We’re just doing what we always do.”