Award-winning chef Troy Clayton is targeting the weekend of June 13th to open his newest restaurant, The Landing Restaurant and Waterfront Bar at Occoquan Harbor Marina in Woodbridge. This property marks the third restaurant owned by Clayton, who also owns Geranio in Old Town Alexandria and the original The Landing Restaurant and Waterfront Bar, located at the Coles Point Marina in Hague VA, which he opened just last year.
The Landing at Occoquan Harbor Marina will occupy what was formerly The Water’s Edge restaurant. Clayton, along with marina owners Dick Lynn and Richard and Lisa Krauss, has invested close to $1 million in renovations to create a Florentine-inspired space with indoor and outdoor covered and uncovered decks that seat 70 and a “front porch” area with lounge seating for an additional 70 guests. Inside, the formal dining room can accommodate 60 people while a private dining room holds an additional 50 diners. The restaurant also boasts a 50-seat, nautical-themed indoor bar.
“The original The Landing Restaurant has been so successful I am excited to recreate its popular menu and laid-back vibe at another location. Perched at the end of the marina, the new restaurant boasts stunning views of the peaceful and picturesque Occoquan River. It’s the perfect location to serve up a dynamic menu that finds its inspiration from my many travels, as well as from right here at home in our own Chesapeake Bay.” Clayton is betting that diners will love traditional fare like mouth-watering calamari, crab cakes, lobster risotto and thick steaks, while enjoying creative dishes such as his unique potato and crab nachos.
While The Landing at Occoquan Harbor Marina was developed in concert with the marina owners and with the support of boaters familiar with The Landing at Coles Point, Clayton believes its more central location will make it a draw outside the boating community as well. The new restaurant is located in an area that has become a focal point for land development in Prince William County. In the near vicinity, plans are underway to expand Route 1 and develop a mixed-use town center as well as to add 750 residential units directly behind the restaurant property over the next five years. Clayton says the addition of a vibrant, thriving restaurant at the Occoquan Harbor Marina has garnered enthusiastic support from local government, as it adds to their overall growth plans for the region.
A formal ribbon-cutting event is tentatively scheduled for the weekend of June 27-28. For the latest information on opening dates and more, visit www.thelandingrestaurants.com or like www.facebook.com/thelandingrestaurants.
About Chef Troy Clayton
Troy Clayton is the Chef and Owner of Geranio Restaurant, The Landing at Coles Point Marina and The Landing at Occoquan Harbour Marina. His prestigious culinary career began in 1987 and has taken him across Europe and through some of the most well known kitchens in the world. Chef Clayton has cooked with names like Anthony Worrall Thompson, Marco Pierre White, James Martin, Jean Louis Palladin and Guenter Seeger in world-class establishments including 190 Queensgate, Dell’Ugo, Resto Des Amis, The Watergate Hotel, The Mandarin Oriental and Hyatt Hotels. He has received awards from Best Chef America, Academe Culinary de France and American Express "Young Chef of the Year.”
In 1998, Chef Clayton purchased the historic Geranio Restaurant in Old Town Alexandria, an intimate, 110-seat Italian restaurant that has been featured in The Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, The Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Northern Virginia Magazine and more. Geranio continues to receive critical acclaim including “Best of Awards” on Open Table, Zagat, Trip Advisor, Yelp and others, rating in the top 10 of more than 600 restaurants in Alexandria.
In May 2013, Chef Clayton opened The Landing Restaurant and Waterfront Bar in collaboration with the owner of Coles Point Marina. His love of the Potomac, the Northern Neck and close association with Mr. Burke make it a perfect partnership. The Landing at Coles Point received accolades from local and regional press, the boating community at large, and local residents in the Northern Neck.
About The Landing Restaurant and Waterfront Bar—Occoquan
13188 Marina Way
Woodbridge, VA 22191
For more information, visit www.thelandingatoccoquanharbourmarina.com.
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