Charlottesville's Oldest Restaurant Celebrating 90 Years
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -
Charlottesville's oldest restaurant is getting ready to hit a milestone. The Virginian is turning 90 years old this weekend and celebrating by taking a trip back in time.
The Virginian has been in its spot on the historic Corner in Charlottesville about nine decades now. Anderson McClure, who has owned the restaurant for 12 years, says it's packed with tradition that has kept the door open all these years.
The Virginian proves small and simple can survive over time.
"It's a pillar in the community," McClure said. "It's a tiny restaurant; it's under 1,000 square feet but you know it really facts a powerful punch."
Customers of all sorts have come through the door since 1923, and say its unique atmosphere keeps them coming back.
"I come about once a week," said customer Peter Arnold. "A lot of the restaurants that come and go on the Corner are so-so and I think this place is good and solid."
"I moved from Michigan and just seeing that it's called the Virginian really drew me in," said customer Ashley Manning. "It's kind of a unique place to come and eat."
The business is celebrating its 90th birthday on Saturday by turning back the clock.
McClure said, "We're doing 50-cent hot dogs, 50-cent burgers, 50-cent shoestring fries. We even have pictures on the wall of that exact menu from way back in the day."
The pictures hanging on the walls at the Virginian only tell a small part of the restaurant's past.
"We've had people that have met here and ended up getting married," said McClure. "We've had people that have gotten engaged here, who've celebrated true milestones and they've always come back to tell their stories, which is unbelievable."
It's a special Charlottesville spot that will hopefully continue serving the community for years to come.
"We're really celebrating the fact that it's been a big part of the community for so long," McClure said. "It's touched people's lives in so many different ways and we're so proud to be a part of this experience. It's going to be amazing."
The Virginian will be serving up its special food deals from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. There will also be drink specials and a costume contest later in the evening. Customers are encouraged to dress up in 1920s attire for the occasion.