Flavortown: Guy Fieri to open two restaurants in Hampton Roads

Flavortown is coming back to Hampton Roads — again.

Guy Fieri, the Food Network host of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, is opening two new restaurants in Hampton.

“Guy Fieri is a pioneer of finding food that’s fabulous, fun and not fussy,” said Hampton Mayor Donnie Tuck. “That inspiration is a perfect fit for Hampton — in fact, such a good fit that we will be the site of two of his restaurants.”

According to the city’s announcement, Guy’s Dive & Taco Joint, based in Kansas City, Missouri, and Guy Fieri’s Pizza Parlor, the first establishment of its kind, will open in June.

The two new restaurants will be between PBR Hampton Roads and Bass Pro Shops, off Power Plant Parkway. It is also near the new indoor off-track betting venue, Rosie’s, which is scheduled to open in late September.

Both restaurants are hiring starting Monday (April 29) at PBR Hampton, 1976 Power Plant Parkway and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Fieri opened Guy Fieri’s Smokehouse at Norfolk’s Waterside District in May 2017.

Cordish Companies, the public relations firm for Fieri, did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.