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Rappahannock Oyster Co. Joins Waterside District

Rappahannock Oyster Co. Joins Waterside District
Rappahannock Oyster Co. Joins Waterside District
Rappahannock Oyster Co. Joins Waterside District
The Cordish Companies is excited to announce that Rappahannock Oyster Co. will join the mix of local and national restaurants at Waterside District.

The Cordish Companies Unveil Seafood Concept with Family Roots and
Sustainable Mission

Norfolk, Va. (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:​)

Come 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. They will offer two ways to enjoy fresh oysters by having a location in The Market and also by having a portable raw bar that can be used at events and festivals that will take place at and around Waterside District.

“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 D​istrict 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 (watersidedistva) and Twitter (@WatersideDistVA). 


About Waterside District
Located in the heart of the central business district and adjacent to the City of Norfolk’s world-class waterfront and festival site, Waterside District will become a central gathering place for local residents and visitors. A comprehensive $40 million overhaul and rebranding of Norfolk’s iconic Waterside Festival Marketplace will allow visitors to enjoy the best national and local brands and concepts that integrate the downtown with its waterfront. Learn more and engage through Waterside District’s social media channels on Facebook
(​​), Instagram and Twitter (@WatersideDistVA). For leasing information or media inquiries, please contact ​​ or visit ​​.

About The Cordish Companies
The Cordish Companies’ origins date back to 1910 and encompass four generations of privately-held, family ownership. During the past ten decades, The Cordish Companies has grown into a global leader in Commercial Real Estate; Coworking Spaces; Entertainment Districts; Gaming; Hotels; International Development; Private Equity; Residential; Restaurants; and Sports-Anchored Developments. One of the largest and most respected developers in the world, The Cordish Companies has been awarded an unprecedented seven Urban Land Institute Awards for Excellence for public-private developments that are of unique significance to the cities in which they are located. Prime examples are The Cordish Companies’ prominent role in the redevelopment of Baltimore’s world famous Inner Harbor; Philadelphia, PA; Atlantic City, NJ; Charleston, SC; Houston, TX; Louisville, KY; Kansas City, MO and St. Louis, MO. In addition, The Cordish Companies has developed and operates multiple highly acclaimed entertainment destinations throughout the United States which welcome over 50 million visitors per year and are the most visited destinations in their respective regions. Over the generations, The Cordish Companies has remained true to the family’s core values of quality, entrepreneurial spirit, long-term personal relationships and integrity. As a testimony to the long-term vision of its family leadership, The Cordish Companies still owns and manages virtually every business it has created. For more information visit​ or follow us on​ ​Twitter​. 

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