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Virginia-Based Rappahannock Oyster Co. to open at Waterside District Spring 2017

Virginia-Based Rappahannock Oyster Co. to open at Waterside District Spring 2017

November 28, 2016

The Cordish Companies is excited to announce that Rappahannock Oyster Co. will join the mix of local and national restaurants at Waterside District. Rappahannock Oyster, which hails from Topping, Virginia, is recognized for its flavorful cuisine, family history and sustainable oyster farming practices. It will debut when Waterside District opens in April 2017.

Travis and Ryan Croxton, cousins and co-owners of Rappahannock Oyster Co., place great value on their family history and on the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem. They took over the family oyster company in 2001, reviving a lease on oyster beds that was signed by their great-grandfather in 1899. Few oyster beds remained at the time, and harvest rates in the Bay were at a low point. Today, the cousins have revitalized Virginia’s oyster industry, restoring the oyster population and trade while promoting sustainable farming practices. They’ve also expanded into the restaurant business to bring the shellfish to more tables. (Learn more about Rappahannock Oyster here.)

This spring, Norfolk will get its own taste of the oysters with the Croxtons’ newest location, Rappahannock Oyster Co. at Waterside District. In keeping true to the company’s farm-to-table approach and its mission to provide “good food grown well,” Rappahannock Oyster Co. will serve up flavorful, quality oysters from the Chesapeake Bay.

“We are excited to announce another Virginia-based company to open at Waterside District,” said Reed S. Cordish, Vice President of The Cordish Companies. “Rappahannock Oyster Co. will bring fresh, flavorful seafood for a unique culinary experience that complements our other venues.”

Rappahannock Oyster Co. at Waterside District will be located in The Market, a 30,000 square foot, two-level anchor concept located in the heart of Waterside District. The Market will feature a variety of local and regional food and beverage concepts and serve as the home for entertainment, festivals and family attractions.

“We’re thrilled to work with a world-class company like Cordish to grow our brand in Norfolk at Waterside District,” said Ryan Croxton. “Much like The Cordish Companies, we pride ourselves in being a family-owned company and a good community partner so Waterside District is the perfect fit for us.”

Rappahannock Oyster Co. at Waterside District joins an exciting mix of premier local and national brands previously announced for Waterside District: Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse, The Fudgery, and Blue Moon TapHouse, as well as Cogan’s Pizza, Carolina Cupcakery, and Starr Hill, which will be part of The Market. Additional restaurant concepts and events will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

News on tenants and other announcements will continue to roll out prior to the grand opening through Waterside District’s newly launched website ( and social media channels: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

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