The community asked the Cordish Company to include more local in their plans for Waterside. Apparently, they listened.
Norfolk’s beloved Cogan’s Pizza and Carolina Cupcakery will make their debut at Waterside’s market next Spring.
“When we decided to open our third location, we knew it had to be at Waterside District,” said Richard Katz, co-founder of Cogan’s Pizza, in a press release. “Dave and I grew up here and to have Cogan’s Pizza be a part of the revitalization of the historic Waterside building is very special for us. We appreciate that The Cordish Companies worked hard to make this possible and we are going to deliver an incredible experience for the people of Norfolk.”
Chesapeake-based Carolina Cupcakery has been featured on the Food Network’s “Cupcake Wars,” and has been an active supporter of community events for nearly a decade.
“Our passion for creating the best experience for our customers mirrored the approach of The Cordish Companies exactly,” said Dawn Eskins, founder of Carolina Cupcakery, in the same release. “We’re so excited to open at Waterside District next spring.”
Finally it feels like things are picking up steam for this long awaited project along the waterfront. In mid-March demolition of the Hooters section began, and in December Starr Hill was officially announced as the in-house brewery.
Just this week the Pilot reported that Cordish “wants to add a high-rise tower at the Waterside District to house some 300 new apartments with views of the Elizabeth River.” Which wasn’t exactly the initial sales pitch they made to the City of Norfolk… but to keep this post on the positive side, downtown still needs all the residential density it can get; every new living space counts. Hopefully the City of Norfolk did not essentially give away public property for apartments only the wealthy can afford, but we shall see.
I am cautiously hopeful about Waterside at this point. If all goes well, and the City does its part, it could lead to an Elizabeth River revival. By now, our standards might be low; anything that isn’t a sad empty building will feel pretty good.