If the icy weather permits, the Norfolk City Council is scheduled to meet Tuesday evening for the first time in 2017. On the agenda are letters from Douglas L. Smith, the interim city manager, recommending the approval of two proposed locations of popular restaurants in Norfolk.
The Virginia Beach-based restaurant Taste Unlimited is planning to open a new shop located at 407 W. 21st Street in Ghent, according to the company’s website. The gourmet sandwich shop and retail store will offer their full food menu, as well as artisan products made in Virginia on the retail side of the store. Customers will also be able to purchase beer, wine and growlers of draft beer in two sizes for consumption both on and off premises.
The 6,000-square-foot location will also have space for entertainment and live music. The restaurant will seat more than 225 people, including space from an outdoor patio and rooftop seating. According to the website, the store will open for business this spring, operating from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.
Taste Unlimited previously operated a Ghent location on Colley Avenue that relocated several years ago. A letter from Todd Enright of the Ghent Business Association, which was included in the application, said they are “looking forward to Taste Unlimited’s re-entry in the neighborhood.”
Another well-known establishment is set to open a new location at 420 Monticello Avenue. Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar will open their newest Norfolk location in the Wells Fargo Center, near Buffalo Wild Wings and Saffron Indian Bistro.
The 5,103-square-foot downtown location will seat more than 250 people inside and on two outdoor patios and will be open 11 a.m. to midnight on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.