BB-64? Well, it’s a café with food from places the USS Wisconsin went

BB-64 Cafe sits dockside of the USS Wisconsin. (Southside Daily/courtesy of Rohn Sitjar)
BB-64 Cafe sits dockside of the USS Wisconsin. (Southside Daily/courtesy of Rohn Sitjar)

NORFOLK — A new cafe has opened up at Nauticus and it calls back to the history of the USS Wisconsin and the family-friendly atmosphere of city eating.

BB-64 Cafe was opened to the public on July 13 by Rohn Sitjar, owner of both the cafe and several 757 Crave locations.

“This is a shoutout to BB-64 itself, its crew and anyone who’s served in the military,” Sitjar said.

BB-64 Cafe is a reference to the ship’s call number: BB-64.

Food served at the cafe is centered around where the USS Wisconsin went while the ship was still active duty, Sitjar said.

Customers will find food from The Philippines, Fuji, Guam, Hawaii and Korea, he noted.

Since Sitjar is Filipino himself, a lot of the food will be inspired by Filipino cuisine.

The cuisine is representative of the various ports of call the USS Wisconsin took while on active duty. (Southside Daily/courtesy of Rohn Sitjar)
The cuisine is representative of the various ports of call the USS Wisconsin took while on active duty. (Southside Daily/courtesy of Rohn Sitjar)

The restaurant that previously served food at Nauticus ended its contract and Sitjar was called to consider opening up a cafe in the space.

Sitjar saw the potential of the space and thought, “let’s make this more of a food destination.”

He said he saw the lack of quick, cheap, family-friendly spaces to eat around the city and thought the Nauticus space would be perfect.

For a while people didn’t even know there was a place to eat at Nauticus, he said, so one of his main focuses was getting people to find the space and take advantage of the views of the water and open space Nauticus’ location had to offer.

Customers don’t have to pay the Nauticus entry fee to eat at the cafe, Sitjar said.

Since the July opening, they’ve been swamped, he said.

“Between anticipation of opening and such, people were excited to check it out,” Sitjar added.

Out of all the restaurants he’s opened, with this being the fifth, this has been the busiest spot, he said.

Sitjar’s dream is to expand on the family-oriented atmosphere the space represents by adding rotating food trucks and a patio for people to hang out while they eat.

“This is fast, casual food.” he noted. “So families can find a meal for under $10 and experience a little bit about the history of BB-64 while they’re eating.”

To find BB-64, customers will need to park as if they’re going to Nauticus and head inside.

Check out BB-64’s Facebook page for more information.

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