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About Us

Our Mission

To promote and protect the economic interests of the Williamsburg area restaurant industry by maintaining a favorable business environment thus delivering tangible value and benefits to our members.

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Our Company

We provide these benefits in a positive and cooperative environment that promotes and encourages good business practices between our members, local and regional governments, tourism partners and other public and private stakeholders within the community.

Our Board of Directors

Board Members
Board Officers
President  2022-2023
Noreen Graziano

Creative Cuisines

Geri Butler
Blue Talon Bistro

Vice President

Kevin Early

WindsorMeade of Williamsburg

Past Presidents
Jacque Liebler
Michael Claar
Kevin Early
Noreen Graziano
Mickey Chohany
Nicole Pereira
Pierce's Pitt BBQPierce's Pitt BBQ
Rita Prassas
Colonial Pancake House
Ania Prochowska
Food for Thought
Executive Director/Secretary
Brenda Wagnitz
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Debi Schaefer
Austin Dellaposta
Carrabba's Italian Restaurant
Scott Hart
Second Street Bistro
Jayson Neault
Amber Ox

Lee Peltier
Virginia Beer Co

Interested in Membership?

When you join the Williamsburg Area Restaurant Association (WARA), you get the benefits of belonging to an organization that's over 100 members strong. When the local restaurant industry succeeds, we all benefit. Your membership provides Williamsburg area restaurants with an organized and unified voice on local issues that directly relate to our industry. Membership is only $250/year and includes many benefits, including: 

  • Participation in the WARA Gift Certificate Program

  • WARA Holiday Dining Guide Listing

  • Networking Opportunities: Regular meetings and get-togethers provide members with opportunities to meet and network with other members, share ideas and discuss business issues.

  • Cooperative Advertising and Promotion: Member businesses have the opportunity to participate in special promotions such as Restaurant Week, and receive co-op advertising rates in local tourism publications as well as newspaper advertisements and dining guides and local radio.

  • Training Opportunities: training sessions for hospitality employees such as ServSafe, and customer service training.

Questions? Contact our staff!

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