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Virginia Bread Company’s Plans For a Brick-And-Mortar Restaurant Fall Through


JAMES CITY-Ainslie O’Rourke, co-owner of Virginia Bread Company, announced on December 7 that plans to open a brick-and-mortar establishment in Toano have fallen through.

The intent was to open a restaurant in a building located at the corner of Richmond Road and Church Lane, but O’Rourke shared an update on social media with patrons about the deal, which is no longer moving forward.


“We were not in control of construction of the little building that we were invited to occupy,” posted O’Rourke, who operates Virginia Bread Company with her husband, Colin. “Repairs began in 2019, and there were many delays…After two years of waiting, unbeknownst to us, the property owner was considering another bakery for the space. We asked for a hard opening date, and found that it could not be given. We have decided it is best to move on.”

Currently, Virginia Bread Company, which is known for its sourdough products, sells its items at local farmers markets and online. Despite the setback, the couple still plans to open a restaurant and is searching for another location.


“It’s unfortunate and we are truly heartbroken, as we have all set our hearts on a special place to gather and enjoy the finest Virginia items around,” O’Rourke wrote. “We still have hopes for a different retail location and have our eyes and ears open.”

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