Smithfield restaurant spreads its wings

Published 9:56 pm Thursday, February 15, 2018

A popular breakfast, brunch and lunch spot in Smithfield is getting more space for customers to stretch their legs.

Chris Christou, owner of the Cockeyed Rooster Café, and his wife, Roxanne, are putting the final touches on approximately 1,000 square feet of additional dining space for their restaurant. The newly renovated space is expected to be finished by the end of February, according to Chris Christou.

They’ve been working with their children and staff to renovate the vacant space next door since the first of the year. The wall between the new space and the existing restaurant was removed in a single night to the surprise of many guests, Chris Christou said.


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“The customers’ reactions the next morning were unbelievable. They had to do a double-take to make sure they were in the right place,” he said with a laugh.

The addition will accommodate another 35 to 40 guests, add two new bathrooms and a waitress station along with more space for parties and banquets. Business has been booming, and the “rooster needed more room to strut,” Roxanne Christou said.

“It’s just gotten so congested that we needed more space,” she explained.

The Cockeyed Rooster has been serving a menu of classic breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes since its doors opened in summer 2015. The restaurant was awarded the Daily Press Reader’s Choice Award for Best Breakfast/Brunch South of the James in 2016.

Eggs Benedict, made-from-scratch biscuits and gravy, and a variety of omelets are offered, along with a slew of burgers and sandwiches for lunch. Daily specials may include homemade meatloaf or chicken and dumplings.

Customers come from all over Isle of Wight County and Hampton Roads, Chris Christou said. The owners are committed to their community and support local events, churches and schools through sponsorships and fundraising activities.

The Cockeyed Rooster Café is at 1268 Benns Church Blvd. and is open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Call 357-7667 for more information.