The $40 million overhaul of the Waterside Festival Marketplace brings life back to an iconic Norfolk landmark
The Cordish Companies and City of Norfolk proudly announce the grand opening of Waterside District in Norfolk, VA, the $40 million overhaul and rebranding of Norfolk’s iconic Waterside Festival Marketplace. Located along the Elizabeth River waterfront in downtown Norfolk, Waterside District is a place where the community and visitors can come together with family and friends for entertainment, a full range of culinary options, nightlife and activities for all ages, including live music, festivals and other community events.
“We are extremely excited to celebrate the grand opening of Waterside District,” said Blake Cordish, Vice President of The Cordish Companies. “The revitalization of this iconic waterfront building is a special opportunity for our Company and family. Waterside District will be a vibrant regional destination and a great source of pride for the community for decades to come.”
Waterside District is anchored by The Market, an eclectic 30,000 square foot food hall that features local and regional favorites such as Starr Hill, Rappahannock Oyster Co., Cogan’s Pizza and more . Designed by internationally acclaimed Jeffrey Beers International, The Market offers one-of-a-kind food and beverage experiences to enjoy in comfortable gathering spaces, or to grab on the go. The communal hub features a stage for live music, festivals and family attractions, as well as a giant LED screen perfect for sports watching.
Regional and national venues such as Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse, Blue Moon TapHouse, PBR Norfolk, The Fudgery, Chipotle and Stripers Seafood can also be found at Waterside District, as well as the Harbor Club, an 8,000 square foot mixed-use space overlooking the Elizabeth River for dining, cocktails and private events. Additionally, several outdoor patio and entertainment areas along Waterside Drive and the Elizabeth River allow guests to flow freely throughout the District for an incredible indoor-outdoor experience along the beautiful Norfolk waterfront.
“The Cordish Companies shared the City’s vision of creating an energetic waterfront destination and that has been accomplished with Waterside District,” stated Mayor Alexander, City of Norfolk. “Waterside District has created 1,000 new jobs and will generate millions of dollars of revenue for the City. It has been a major part of a substantial effort to revitalize both Downtown Norfolk and the Elizabeth River waterfront.”