Virginia Beach, Virginia: Yard House, headquartered in Irvine, California, has announced plans to open its first location in Virginia at The Town Center of Virginia Beach. The restaurant, on the corner of Independence Boulevard and Commerce Street, is scheduled to open this fall and will create 150 new jobs in the city.
Currently, Yard House has 28 locations in the United States and one in Hawaii. Expansion plans for 2011 include three new locations on the East Coast in Westchester County, New York, Boston and Virginia Beach.
Armada Hoffler Construction is completing the demolition phase of the construction, and Yard House will complete the interior build out in addition to façade improvements.
Yard House opened its first location in 1996 in Long Beach, California. The company is privately owned and has a reputation for its extensive menu of American fusion cuisine featuring 130 items including appetizers, salads, pastas, sandwiches, grilled burgers, individual-size pizzas, seafood, steaks and ribs. The lively environment is created by colorful abstract artwork, classic rock music and dozens of flat screens that showcase the day’s news and sporting events. Yard House is also know for the world’s largest selection of draft beers with 250 choices on tap.
The glass-enclosed keg room is essentially the pulse of the operation housing as much as 5,000 gallons of beer at a time. Three to five miles of individual beer lines stretch overhead from the keg room to the island bar maintaining a constant temperature of 34-36 degrees keeping the beer consistently fresh and perfectly chilled for every pint. Guests can sip their favorite draft beer from the popular half yard, traditional pint or six-pack sampler.
The 10,760-square-foot lease was secured on behalf of the landlord by Erica Meekins and Gerald Divaris of the Virginia Beach office of Divaris Real Estate, Inc. (DRE). The Town Center of Virginia Beach is leased by DRE and managed by Divaris Property Management Corp.
Other restaurants in The Town Center of Virginia Beach include: Bravo Cucina Italiana, California Pizza Kitchen, The Cheesecake Factory, Gordon Biersch Brew Pub, Guadalajara, Keagan’s Irish Pub, Lucky Star, McCormick & Schmick’s, PF Chang’s China Bistro, Red Star Tavern, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Saffron Indian Bistro, Sonoma Wine Bar & Bistro, Town Center City Club, and Zushi Japanese Bistro.
Divaris Real Estate Inc. is headquartered in Virginia Beach, VA with offices in Chesapeake, downtown and suburban Norfolk, Newport News, and Richmond, VA; Charlotte, NC and Rockville, MD. Divaris Real Estate and Divaris Property Management Corp. are divisions of The Divaris Group, an international real estate brokerage and property management company that currently manages and/or leases in excess of 24 million square feet of prime office, retail and industrial space throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern states.
Divaris Real Estate is a member of Realty Resources, a national group of independent retail property brokers and managers covering 91 major markets throughout the U.S. DRE is also the Virginia affiliate for The CORE Network, a national group of office and industrial brokers with affiliates across the country. These organizations represent corporate and institutional clients, tenants and buyers in all aspects of leasing, development and managing properties, acquisitions and land sales. Gerald S. Divaris is chairman of the Board, and Michael B. Divaris is president of Divaris Real Estate, Inc.