How did you get involved with the Harbour Grille?
My business partner Todd Crompton and I along with my wife Lisa have run a successful restaurant in Old Town Fredericksburg called Brock's Riverside Grill for twenty years. We were looking for a place where we could use the same recipe: Private events, outdoor seating, fresh food and live entertainment on the water. The Harbour Grille even has a railroad bridge in sight, the same as Brock’s.
When did you take over running The Harbour Grille? And does the location have any special meaning for you?
The current ownership has been involved since October 2018. I actually worked my first restaurant job at a restaurant in the same location called The Harbour Inn when I was 19. I worked security and then I was the kitchen expeditor, which means I was in charge of seeing that the right food got to the right table.
Didn’t you meet your wife Lisa at a restaurant?
I met Lisa in 1990 when we were both bartenders at Gecko’s, which was in the same building that now houses the Harbour Grille. We worked together as bartenders until 1999 when Brock’s opened and then got married in 2000. We’re still working together.
What changes have been made to the Harbour Grille since you took over?
We are and will constantly make improvements in all aspects of the restaurant, including physically (new booths in dining room, large gathering tables in the bar and deck areas). We’ll improve our menus and daily specials, staff policies , private events and holiday events as well.
Do you have any unique menu items that you’re famous for?
Our Old Town Salad, Crab Cakes, Bacon-wrapped scallops, Seafood Carbonara and New York Strip are our TOP sellers!
Any upcoming events? Brunches? Happy Hours?
We have live music every Friday (acoustics starting at 8 p.m.), Saturday (starting at 9 p.m.) and Sunday afternoon (starting at 4 p.m.). Sunday brunch is very popular on the waterfront with our Sunday Deck Party.. Happy Hour is 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Happy Hour goes till p.m. on Thursdays.
Can the Harbour Grille accommodate private events?
We have spaces that can hold 20-120 people for office parties, rehearsal dinners, retirement parties, birthday parties and other private events. Our Port Room is equipped with audio and visual for presentations and is a great space for groups of up to 50. Our Starboard Room is our main dining room and can seat up to 120 guests. Both rooms have beautiful views of the Occoquan Harbour Marina.
Anything else about the restaurant that our members might like to know?
Nobody has been successful in this location since the Harbour Inn. I always wanted to make it a great restaurant again, and we are bringing a similar style to this location that we have at Brock’s Riverside Grille. High-quality fresh food at reasonable prices with great service in a great atmosphere with entertainment on the waterfront!
Contact info Leo LaPointe firstname.lastname@example.org 703-548-0088 www.theharbourgrille.com