The Year was 1977...
JIMMY CARTER WAS IN OFFICE and polyester was on the upswing thanks to John Travolta's bold dance moves in "Saturday Night Fever." It was a scant decade after the "Summer of Love" and somewhere between the disco and shag scenes Laverne Burlage quietly opened his first restaurant—a modest little seafood shack with a killer view of the Atlantic ocean.
BY 1977 Verne was no stranger to the restaurant industry. In the early 40's, his family had opened a restaurant right across from where Chix restaurant stands today, Called Chix (pictured above left)—serving hamburgers, chicken and hot dogs.
IN THE 1950'S, a second restaurant was opened—the Sun-N-Fun Bathhouse Grill (pictured above right), which stands in the very spot that Chix on the Beach stands today.
Since opening its existing doors in 1977, Chix has seen many presidents in and out of office, fashion styles that change like the Atlantic breezes, and millions of locals and vacationers coming and going through it's doors in four decades.
WITH SO MANY CHANGES there is one thing that always stays the same at Chix on the Beach—and that's the fact that it's one of Virginia Beach's best-loved restaurants—and has been for over 40 years. It's not just at the heart of the Virginia Beach oceanfront, it is the heart of the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. It's the choice destination for visitors seeking the best of the oceanfront's dining and nightlife—bringing in crowds seeking the perfect combination of ocean-fresh seafood, upscale comfort food, traditional recipes of the mid-Atlantic region, gracious service, an iconic setting, and an excellent value.
In 2015, Mike and Mariah Standing, owners of Virginia Beach's icon & Original Crush House, Waterman's Surfside Grille, purchased Chix from Laverne Burlage to give him some time to work on his retirement and love of travel, to enjoy his family and to fine tune his break dancing skills. The New Chix on the Beach is the perfect union of the old and the new—mixing yesterday's traditions and nearly 40 years of history with the best new recipes of today.