New restaurant at Jordan Point Golf Club
By James Peacemaker, Jr. Managing Editor
Sep 18, 2013, 15:12
JAMES PEACEMAKER JR./HOPEWELL NEWS/NEWS-PATRIOT The Pointe on the James restaurant offers views of the James River from the dining room and patio.
PRINCE GEORGE — After about nine months without a place to eat at Jordan Point Golf Club, a new restaurant is opening Friday.
The Pointe on the James will offer casual dining as well as a gorgeous view of the James River, not just to golfers but families from the surrounding neighborhoods and beyond.
The opening has meant months of planning and work by owner Brian Thompson.
“It’s been a long time coming,” he said, noting numerous changes that have been made.
The interior of the restaurant has been completely remodeled and design changes have been made to the outdoor patio and event hall.
Thompson knows that there is a challenge here with several businesses going in and out of this space in the past several years, but he hopes the new look inside will make a big difference.
“We could have come in and opened a restaurant just as-is. It was a fully operational restaurant but we chose to update it and make it ours,” he said.
Thompson said it took a lot of work to get the kitchen how he wanted it. There was a lot of cleaning and updating of things like gas lines to get the kitchen up to code.
He has also added some technology, like a new flat-screen TV for the bar area and servers can take orders using a smartphone or tablet, which makes the process faster, more accurate and allows servers to spend more time helping customers.
Thompson, from Mechanicsville, has years of experience in the restaurant business.
His family has owned and operated the Italian Kitchen in Mechanicsville since his grandparents opened it in 1950.
For the past five years, he has also operated IK Catering, but this is the first restaurant of his own.
Thompson said his passion is “serving customers ... making sure every guest has an awesome experience when they come in.”
The Pointe on the James restaurant owner Brian Thompson said it has taken two months to renovate the interior and get things ready for opening.
Thompson is also taking over the event planning at the golf course. The building has a large banquet room/dance hall for events such as weddings or parties. Thompson will begin doing the catering for future events as well.
The event hall can hold more than 200 people, while the restaurant dining room seats 50, the patio seats 24 and the bar seats another 12.
Thompson said he could hold some public events with entertainment if the event hall is not booked for private ones.
They hope that the restaurant, event hall and golf course can all compliment each other, with one aspect drawing attention to the others. Thompson said this is the first time Jordan Point has had a company manage the event space as well as the restaurant. He said they are hoping that it will bring traffic into the club as well. The golf club is “semi-private,” meaning they have memberships but the public can play as well.
Thompson’s aunt, Mary Ellen McCauley, will be the restaurant manager, while his mother, Regina Thompson, the “source of recipes and food inspiration,” and father, Ray, will be assisting Brian as well.
Brian Thompson said many of the recipes are family recipes or are from his catering business.
Favorite dishes include crab dip, Thai chicken lettuce wrap, penne a la king, steak and ribs. Entrees range from $12 to $19, while there are sandwiches from $7 to $10 and appetizers from $5 to $8.
The restaurant’s ABC license is still pending, but people can bring their own wine and there is no corking fee.
Thomson said the restaurant and menu are not geared specifically to golfers, but aims to bring in people from the general public. He also said his company is already known for catering weddings, and those connections can help bring events to this venue.
Thompson said a big draw for people is the view of the James River.
“Especially at sunset it is really nice,” Thompson said.
JAMES PEACEMAKER JR./HOPEWELL NEWS/NEWS-PATRIOT The Pointe on the James restaurant offers views of the river from the patio.
Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for brunch. Jordan Point Golf Club is located at 1100 Jordan Point Road, North Prince George. For more information, call 804-452-6834.