PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — 467 Court Street will soon have a new name, Olde Towne Public House.
“We’re doing a lot of steak and seafood we have a wood stone pizza oven,” said restaurant owner Teddy Walker.
Walker also wants to add a whiskey bar.
“We’re going to round the bar round this way,” he said.
The owner of the building, Max Greenhood, is excited to see this restaurant take shape.
“It’s got a lot of character and a lot of seats as well so I’m really excited to see what this brings to Portsmouth,” said Greenhood.
And for Greenhood, there’s a lot of memories here.
For 15 years his father owned the well-known Brutti’s.
“I used to throw pizza dough over there when I was like 13 years old,” said Greenhood
But in 2015 Brutti’s closed, and last May Greenhood and his partners worked to buy the building to keep it in the family.
“Since then we’ve been figuring out what to do with the whole thing,” he said.
He says Olde Towne Public House is coming at a perfect time.
“There’s a lot of people moving to downtown. These new luxury apartment communities have brought about a thousand new residents,” said Greenhood.
Just last week we told you how Portsmouth Mayor John Rowe talked about the importance of creating jobs, and revitalizing downtown with new business.
“It’s nice to see people starting to do things around here,” said Walker.
Mayor Rowe says this restaurant is adding to what downtown needs.
Walker says hes working on getting a permit to have acoustic music.
He’s hoping to be open in early July.
Greenhood says there will also be a conference event space on the second floor and office space on the third and fourth floor.
He says they’re going to do a second phase of construction later on to add more space on the fourth floor and add a rooftop space.