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Food notes: Williamsburg coffee company turns its cafe into pop-up Christmas bar

Daily Press logo Daily Press 12/3/2019 By Mike Holtzclaw, Daily Press (Newport News, Va.)

The King of Clubs Brewing Co. in Williamsburg has transformed itself into a holiday pop-up — Rudolph’s Christmas Roadhouse — and will keep it going until the end of the year.

The coffee company’s cocktail lounge, cafe and restaurant in Williamsburg Premium Outlets has added to its menu and changed its decor. Guests are now greeted by Buddy from “Elf” and the leg lamp from “A Christmas Story.” The place is decorated with snowflakes, tinsel, garland, peppermint swirls and other holiday adornments.

The cocktail menu now sports drinks such as the “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out," with kombucha, Copper Fox gin, blue raspberry and peppermint, and the “Yippee Ki Yay,” with eggnog, Cirrus vodka, peppermint and a dash of ginger.

In a press release, manager Lance Zaal said he hopes the holiday theme will bring in some private events and office parties, in addition to the regular flow of customers: “We’ve put a lot into making King of Clubs extra special for our guests during the holiday season, from going all out on the décor and music, to offering a fun and delicious seasonal drink menu. It’ll be great for visitors during the holiday shopping season, and makes for a perfect venue for company holiday parties, and for anyone else who comes in for coffee, cocktails, or food.”

New places

The Sit N Eat Bistro does not have a firm opening date yet, but it has received its certificate of occupancy, which is generally one of the final steps. Sit N Eat will be at 5 E. Queens Way in Downtown Hampton.

The new Honey Q BBQ restaurant has opened at 340 Oriana Road in Newport News. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sundays to Tuesdays and Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays; and 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

Top taps

VEER Magazine will present its Golden Tap Awards for excellence among local craft breweries at 6 p.m. Tuesday at O’Connor Brewing, 211 W. 24th St., Norfolk. There is no admission charge, and proceeds from beer sales go to benefit Hope House.

Winners will be announced in 50 categories, based on online reader polls and on the votes of an expert panel.

Mike Holtzclaw, 757-928-6479,


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