Familiar North Suffolk restaurants under new ownership

Published 3:26 pm Friday, May 10, 2024

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A few familiar restaurants in North Suffolk have changed ownership. 

Smithfield Station restauranter Randy Pack confirmed to the Suffolk News-Herald that he, his brother, Brian, and Ken Dodd have purchased Decoys Seafood, River Stone Chophouse and Vintage Tavern from M&M Hospitality, owned by Brian and Teresa Mullins.

Randy emphasized the commitment to maintaining the same quality and atmosphere of the three establishments while planning minor changes. Those changes, he said, won’t affect the restaurants’ names.

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“You’re not going to see anything drastically different on any of the restaurants,” he said. “I mean, we think that the models are really well done.”

Pack said improvements to Decoys’ deck area are already being made to make the space more family-friendly, “just kind of a nice place to visit by boat and by car and everything else.”

He said the group had admired the properties for years, and each restaurant fit the portfolio.

“My brother and I are in growth mode with our company. And these three restaurants fit our portfolio very well,” Pack said. “They’re restaurants we’re very, very proud of. The Mullinses have done a great job with (them) over the years, and we’re really excited to be a part of them.”

According to land transfer reports from the city of Suffolk, on Thursday, May 9, Vintage Tavern, located at 1900 Governors Pointe Road, sold for $2.225 million; River Stone Chophouse, located at 8032 Harbour View Blvd., sold for $3.8 million; and Decoys Seafood sold for $7.5 million.