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Here’s a new biz in town: You go in, buy prepared food, and reheat at home. Or have it delivered

Moody's Kitchen will open in the fall of this year (WYDaily/ Julia Marsigliano)
Moody’s Kitchen will open in the fall of this year (WYDaily/ Julia Marsigliano)

Williamsburg residents — and visitors — can look forward to a new food service in the fall: Moody’s Kitchen, a storefront kitchen and delivery company where customers can buy prepared food items to reheat at home or have them delivered straight to their kitchens.

“We’ll bring it inside your house and show you how to reheat it,” said majority owner Neil Griggs, adding the servers and delivery drivers will offer to take out the trash. “It’s another level of hospitality.”

The prepackaged meals serve two people or more with leftovers, Griggs said, adding he plans on using “high grade ingredients” such as organic chicken from Joyce Farms and local, seasonal produce.

Delivery will start “close to home” ––– a few miles radius of the business and will eventually expand throughout Williamsburg.

He hasn’t figured out pricing yet.

In addition, customers can pick up beer and wine or have the alcohol delivered too. He plans to add hotline for customers who have questions, something similar to butterball.

The new venue will be an extension of Cochon on 2nd and function as a retail production kitchen, which means the prep work for the restaurant will be down off the premise, Griggs said.

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“We’ve outgrown this kitchen,” he said – the restaurant added an additional dining room in 2017.

So why a delivery service?

Griggs said he wants to control the quality of his products as well as train and select drivers, which he plans to hire closer to the opening date since the building is still under construction.

Employees will have stock in the company as stakeholders as well — it’s unclear how much the percentage will be.

“We want a professional server coming into your home,” he said. “These are neighbors serving neighbors.”

“We’re here to make you feel comfortable.”

Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano
Julia Marsigliano is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She covers everything on the Peninsula from local government and law enforcement agencies to family-run businesses and weather updates. Before WYDaily, she covered Hampton and Newport News for WYDaily’s sister publication, HNNDaily before both publications merged in December 2018. Julia was born in Tokyo, Japan and moved to Long Island, New York in 2001. A true New Yorker, she loves pizza, bagels and good Chinese food. Send comments, tips and other tidbits to You can follow her on Twitter at @jmarsigliano

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