Boathouse Live Coming to City Center at Oyster Point

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Peninsula Restaurant Group to open a fifth restaurant concept in City Center at Oyster Point, Boathouse Live.

Sean Pepe, one of the owners of Kismet, The Barking Dog, Deadrise at Old Point Comfort, and El Diablo Loco has developed an exciting new concept, Boathouse Live, set to open in City Center at Oyster Point in Newport News.

Boathouse Live will be a casual concept that pays homage to the original Boathouse, a hub for live music in the 1980s to the early 2000s. Boathouse Live will be a restaurant and live music venue dedicated to providing a dynamic atmosphere for both artists and audiences alike.  The full service restaurant and bar will offer old world New York style pizza made in a unique high temperature coal fired oven, as well as delicious sandwiches, pit house plates, samplers, sides and more.  Classic cocktails, approachable wines and the best in local and regional craft beers will be available to serve as the perfect complement to each meal.

The music is presented on a specially designed stage with high quality sound, lights, and video, with care being taken to provide all patrons with a great view of the shows, featuring the finest national and regional entertainment. Boathouse Live will have a VIP room for private parties and the entire venue will be available for private events.  Catering for Special Events will also be available.

Sean Pepe, owner of Boathouse Live, chose City Center for his new concept because he felt the Peninsula is ready to support a new live music venue.  Pepe said, “The City Center ownership group, Point Hope, LLC was easy to work with and very accommodating.  I am excited to be in City Center especially after the announcement that Ferguson Enterprises is moving to the business park”.

“I am delighted that we have a New Entertainment Venue coming to City Center.   Boathouse Live is a Perfect Fit for City Center and I am sure will be an attractive place to go for all ages.  I look forward to the Grand Opening,” said Joseph C. Ritchie, Manager of City Center’s ownership group, Pointe Hope, LLC.

Florence G. Kingston, City of Newport News Director of Development stated “Boathouse Live will be a wonderful addition to City Center.  Sean Pepe is an experienced restaurateur known for great food and drink in fun venues.  We welcome Boathouse Live!”

Boathouse Live is slated to open in November and will be announcing its entertainment line-up soon. For opening updates visit