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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.

Est. 1999

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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 Officers
President  2022-2023
Noreen Graziano

Creative Cuisines

Vice President
Nicole Pereira

Pierce's Pitt Bar-B-Que

Kevin Early

WindsorMeade of Williamsburg

Founding Members
Mickey Chohany - President

Second Street Restaurant 

Mario Kokolis - Vice President

Gazebo/Days Inn

Dennis White - Secretary

Aberdeen Barn

Andy Simisek - Treasurer

Ramada Inn Historic District

Bud Nolan, Cities Grill
Angelo Mageras, Country Harvest
Steve Manos, Fireside Steakhouse
George Prassas, Colonial Pancake House
Curt Steinlage, Outback Steakhouse
George Tsipas, Paul's Deli
Gus Zaharopoulas, Lightfoot Pancake House
Board Members
Geri Butler

Blue Talon Bistro

Austin Dellaposta
Carrabba's Italian Restaurant
Scott Hart
Second Street Bistro
Jayson Neault
Amber Ox
Lee Peltier
The Virginia Beer Co.
Rita Prassas
Colonial Pancake House
Ania Prochowska
Food for Thought
Brenda Wagnitz
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
Executive Director
Past Presidents
Jacque Liebler
Michael Claar
Kevin Early
Noreen Graziano

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 $300/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, dining guides and local radio.

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

Questions? Contact our staff!

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