|Before opening its doors on Saturday June 17, Paige Healy, proprietor of the Boathouse restaurant, held a private tour of the newly furbished facility to the local media. During the tour Healy explained the origin and importance of the decor and how each element highlights the importance of Hopewell and creating a unique dining experience designed to “Celebrate life one bite at a time.”
The Boathouse at City Point has been nearly a year in the making. Hopewell’s City Council played its faith and the city pockets by acquiring the old Navigator’s Den and agreeing to take out a $3.75 million loan from EVB Bank to finance a build out in August. After multiple reports anticipating the grand opening, finally Hopewell residents can savor their investment.
“We’re honored to be a part of the revitalization in the Hopewell community – and it’s humbling to know that we’ll be part of celebrations for families, friends and businesses in the area for years to come,” Kevin Healy, owner of the HOUSEpitality Family restaurant group, stated. “The amount of support that the City of Hopewell has shown to this project over the past few years has been incredible; it has been a true partnership.”
HOUSEpitality Family restaurant group includes four locations of The Boathouse, Casa del Barco and the outdoor dining concept Dinner in the Field stated the following:
In addition to the 6,000 square feet of interior space and the 1,257 square foot patio, the Hopewell Boathouse restaurant has 2,450 square feet of event space that will feature a tent pad that company representatives say is ideal for weddings, parties and other special occasions. The Boathouse at City Point can sit 223 and private parties of 24-32 and is providing 75 jobs to the Hopewell area.
J.D. Lewis Construction Management was the general contractor for the project, and Walter Parks Architects was the design team.
“Residents of Hopewell have been waiting for something like this to come along for a long time and, after years in the making, it’s wonderful to see this project completed,” Hopewell’s Assistant City Manager Charles Dane commented. “We’re ecstatic that through this partnership with The Boathouse, and the support of City Council, we are bringing waterfront dining back to our community.”
The Boathouse at City Point offers an experience like none before it those who patroned it this weekend say. During a private tour of the newly completed facility, Paige Healy pointed out the diverse and unique features of the City Point location.
As one walks through the front door and immediately greeted by large geometric lighting fixtures inspired by Paige Healy’s visit to London. The marble bar stretches from the front of the restaurant to the outside balcony. Beside the bar is the unique dining experience of the community table where patrons are seated side-by-side with multiple groups of people. Healy described the community table as what dining should be like.
“Typically when you go to a restaurant by yourself and you only experience a portion of the surrounding energy from the groups around you. At the community table you’ll take in the energy from all around you,” Healy said and added that the City Point location is the only Boathouse location with a community table.
Of course, other single pairing seating is adjacent to the community table. Behind the seating area is an open storage space where they plan to store fresh oysters from local oyster farmers. Behind that is the state-of-the-art kitchen where another unique dining experience is available for residents; the Chef’s Table.
At the Chef’s Table, the dining party is treated to a transformative experience where the chef introduced the food ingredient by ingredient outlining the importance of each dish. Not only is this the only chef’s table in any Boathouse location, but Healy also exclaimed that it was the only chef’s table in a kitchen.
All these unique elements serve to create, as Healy characterized, a “jaw dropping magnet” and “something Hopewell can be proud of.”
“Without the Hopewell community, we would not be here,” she said.
Saturday was the Boathouse’s maiden voyage. Over several days the restaurant operated on a limited hour schedule during. They will start normal business hours Wednesday at 11:30 a.m
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