Thursday, March 30, 2023

Some LGBT Restaurants Plan Phase One Reopening This Weekend

In advance of Governor Ralph Northam’s plan for phasing out some public health restrictions in Virginia, several of Hampton Roads favorite LGBT service businesses are making preparations for a limited opening as early as tomorrow.

Phase One of the “Forward Virginia” plan begins tomorrow and allows restaurants, bars, and breweries with outdoor dining to operate at a 50% capacity and at least six feet of social distancing.

Outwire757 checked in with several local LGBT owned and allied establishments and here’s what we found:

MJs Tavern
Beginning tomorrow, MJs will offer dining with limited capacity on their outdoor patio. They also continue to offer pickup and delivery via GrubHub.

Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 2 AM
Saturday and Sunday, 9 AM – 2 AM.


Gershwin’s on Granby
Gershwin’s has a small outdoor dining area for a maximum of 16 people. They are also working with the City of Norfolk and Virginia ABC under a statewide plan to allow some businesses to operate in parking lots and on public sidewalks. If approved, they will add 14 sidewalk seats. A decision from the State and City is expected later today. Happy hour will resume in phase 2, and live music in phase 3. They are currently offering take out.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday, 5 PM – 9 PM
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 5 PM – 10 PM


StrEats Norfolk
StrEats is currently offering takeout and delivery only. However, they are also working with ABC and the City to add sidewalk seating, and if approved, would allow them to serve on the sidewalk.

Monday – Thursday, 5 – 8:30 PM
Friday and Saturday, 4:30 – 9 PM
Sunday, 4 PM – 8 PM


Starving Artist Cafe
Starving Artist has an outdoor dining area for a maximum of five people. They also offer take out and online ordering.

Daily, 8 AM – 3 PM


37th and Zen
37th is only offering takeout and delivery.

Daily, 4 PM – midnight


The Wave, The Rainbow Cactus, and The Green Onion remain closed.

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