New restaurant with Turkish, Greek and Mediterranean cuisine – and belly dancing – to open in Williamsburg – Daily Press
Burcu “Bee” Yesilcimen, co-owner of Anatolia Restaurant in New Town, will open a restaurant on the site of the former Victoria’s at the Williamsburg Crossing Mall.
Called Meyhane, the restaurant will offer a mix of Turkish, Greek and Mediterranean cuisine.
The building will be leased, said Yesilcimen, who bought the interior furnishings and kitchen equipment from Doris Bryant – who, with her late husband, Doug, operated Victoria’s for 15 years until it closed in March 2020.
“We will have a policy of not turning the tables,” she explained. “We want people to feel free to stay and enjoy talking, eating and drinking.”
The schedule lends itself to longer sessions — it will be open every day except Monday. Lunch will be served from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, with dinner from 5 p.m. to 12 p.m. — except Friday and Saturday when the hours will be 5 p.m.
Belly dancing will be a special feature of the weekend, with 15-minute performances several times per evening.
“Our schedules are somewhat different. We will be open on weekends until 2 am. I wanted a place where older people could come after 9 p.m. and not be mixed in with a crowd of students like other restaurants in the area,” Yesilcimen said.
She is very confident in her future success. “We opened Anatolia’s in July 2018 and soon after we had COVID with us. We survived,” she says, looking around the restaurant, “and we were loved by our people. They know what we’ve done here and I’m sure Meyhane will succeed as well.
“Anatolia is my little girl and Meyhane will be my little boy!”
Together with her husband and co-owner Sevan, originally from Armenia, she has put together a menu of “recipes from our mother and grandmother. There will be a wide variety of starters, main courses and salads. Vegan specialties will also be available.
“Our hope is that people will order a number of items that will be served together, like a family,” Yesilcimen said. “We’re going to be different, so come and enjoy.”
Depending on receiving the state’s ABC liquor license, she hopes to open Meyhane in April.
Pisco 51 Peruvian Cuisine recently opened, replacing El Patio Mexican restaurant in New Town in James City County.
Owners John and Renee Harrell entered the food business in February 2021 amid the pandemic. “This location became available and we jumped at the chance,” said John Harrell. “It was a Mexican restaurant and all things considered, we decided to continue to run it that way.”
Earlier this year, the Harrells decided to “change up,” changing the name, menu, style, website, and more. “My wife is Peruvian and wanted to open a Peruvian restaurant from the start, so that’s what we did in just three days.”
Open for just three weeks, the couple reached out to an executive chef, Lima-born Pedro O. Lopez, who agreed to work with them to create a menu and keep the operation running high. He hopes to come back often to help out, Harrell said.
“Everything we offer is fresh,” he added, and “we are here three or four hours before opening to make sure everything is ready. Pedro made us throw away the microwaves. He said, “We don’t use microwaves in Peru.”
Pisco 51’s Peruvian has an Asian influenced cuisine, but very different from Chinese or Japanese cuisine. Harrell said the most popular drink now is Pisco, a brandy-like liqueur, and the top-selling food item is Serviche, fish marinated in lime juice.
The restaurant will be open Monday to Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Saturday with musical entertainment. Friday hours are not yet finalized, but are now 5-10 p.m.
Broad Street Realty is set to buy the Midtown Row development in Williamsburg for $122 million.
The company will acquire the other two partners – Bridger Corp and Lamont Street Partners – involved in the development of the Midtown Row housing elements.
The complex located along Monticello Avenue includes four housing units that can accommodate up to 600 students and 63,572 square feet of commercial rental space.
According to a press release, the company expects to complete the sale in the second quarter of the year.
“We’ve been the director of development for Midtown Rose and also act as the property manager and leasing broker for the commercial portion, so it’s been a really natural evolution,” explained Michael Z. Jacoby, president of the Board of Directors and Managing Director of Broad Street Realty headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland.
Midtown is the company’s fifth active property in Virginia and 16th overall.
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• Shorty’s Diner extended its lease on 2,635 square feet of retail space at James York Plaza in Williamsburg. Maggie Spillane of SL Nusbaum Realty Co. represented the owner.
• The Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Authority will open a fourth ABC store in the Williamsburg area after leasing 1,800 square feet of space at Quarterpath Crossing in Williamsburg. Tyler Jacobson of SL Nusbaum Realty Co. represented the owner.
• Verizon Wireless extended its lease on 1,760 square feet of retail space and Salon Gia renewed its lease on 800 square feet of space at Quarterpath Crossing in Williamsburg. Tyler Jacobson of SL Nusbaum Realty Co. for both transactions.