Louisiana native opens Cajun seafood restaurant in Williamsburg area – Daily Press

Keland Harrison’s new restaurant specializes in Cajun seafood, a subject he knows well.

Growing up in a small community of Abbeville, South Louisiana in the heart of Cajun country, Harrison learned early on and began to appreciate the Creole, Cajun, and Soul cuisine prepared by his grandmother, mother, daughter, and son. aunt and uncle.

Therefore, cooking came naturally to her. He finally came to Virginia to stay in 2016, becoming supervisor of the Smokehouse restaurant at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. Two years later, he took over the Festhaus.

But he never strayed from this family kitchen.

“In 2019, I went to several restaurants in Newport News and realized they didn’t cook seafood like we do back home,” he explained. So, Harrison decided to open his own restaurant offering Cajun seafood.

“We weren’t open three months before COVID hit and frankly we got run over.” His restaurant was 5,400 square feet and could seat over 300 people. He worked hard and tried a variety of ideas to stay in business. In the end, however, Harrison couldn’t pull it off.

After visiting New Town on the outskirts of Williamsburg in James City County, he saw a small, tight space. “It sounded good to me,” he said. “It’s only 500 square feet and we don’t do meals. It’s takeout.” And Keland’s Seafood Grab & Go was up and running

Since opening about two months ago, “we’ve been doing really well,” Harrison said. “The people of Williamsburg have been very receptive. We are always trying to spread the word.

The best-selling item on the menu so far is the Cajun seafood platter with spicy fried crab meatballs, shrimp, catfish and hush puppies. Its po’boy of catfish or whiting and its baskets of fish and prawns are also appreciated.

At this time, Harrison isn’t thinking about opening another sit-down restaurant, “but that may come later.” I know for sure that I am here in Williamsburg to stay. Wish I had opened here first. Business is getting SO good! »

Alewerks Brewing Co. on Ewell Road in York County won first place in the 2022 Virginia Craft Beer competition.

Alewerks’ Chesapeake Pale Ale won the Pale Ales category of the competition sponsored by the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild, an association of independent, small, and traditional breweries “dedicated to growing the craft beer industry in the Commonwealth.”

Third place was also awarded to Alewerks for its Protocol Porter in the porters category.

A record number of 106 breweries, including 14 new companies, participated in the 33 different categories. A record 396 beers were entered into the competition, according to a press release.

Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg has added four people to its board of directors.

Additions include Don Brown, wealth management advisor at Northwestern Mutual Management Company; Jim Golini, Vice President of Residential Commerce, Ferguson Enterprises, Denise McRoberts, Chief Information Officer/Vice President of Information Technology, BayPort Credit Union and Kelly Peck, Executive Vice President for Commercial Lending, TowneBank .

The new members join the current board leadership which includes Stephen Abbitt, Chair; Keith D. Vader Vennet, president-elect; Valarie Miller, Treasurer; Alan T. Dawkins, secretary and Lindsey A. Carney, lawyer.

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Benming “Benny” Zhang, former Williamsburg City Council member and associate attorney at Kaufman & Canoles, has been named one of the winners of the 2022 CoVa BIZ Next Generation Awards.

CoVaBIZ, Coastal Virginia’s business magazine, annually asks the local business community to nominate “young professionals who are leading the way and making a difference in Coastal Virginia.”

This year, 27 people, including Zhang, were named winners from a larger pool of applicants.

In response to the award, he said, “I take great pride in helping small businesses during the pandemic with legal issues relating to the Paycheck Protection Program.

The Boulevard Crossing Mall at 8135 George Washington Highway in York County has been sold.

An out-of-town buyer paid $4,607,785 for 2.16 acres for the 100% leased land and retail business. The center’s national slate of tenants includes Starbucks, Tropical Smoothie Café and Verizon with additional tenants including a mix of service-oriented retailers and food and beverage companies, according to a press release from Markets Group. capital of Cushman & Wakefield THALIMER.

  • Ward Consulting Services, LLC has leased 1,444 square feet of office space at 4808 Courthouse St. in New Town, James City County. Cushman & Wakefield’s Andy Dallas | THALHIMER conducted the negotiations on behalf of the landlord and Dawn F. Griggs, also with THALHIMER, represented the tenant.
  • The Miller Group of VA, LCC purchased an eight-acre parcel on Alexander Lee Parkway in Busch Industrial Park in York County for $330,000. Janet Moore of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Towne Realty represented the seller and Dawn Griggs, Cushman & Wakefield | THALHIMER represented the buyer.
  • Crumbl Cookies has leased 1,600 square feet of retail space at the Monticello Marketplace mall in Williamsburg. Tyler Jacobson of SL Nusbaum Realty Co. represented the owner.
  • Bushin Kan Dojo has extended its lease on 2,400 square feet of retail space in the James York Plaza shopping center in York County. Maggie Spillane and Neal Sadler of SL Nusbaum Realty Co. represented the owner.

Wilford Kale, kalehouse@aol.com

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