Release Date: April 22,2020
Great Food Goes Curbside at The Grey Goose
In the best of times, The Grey Goose is a Hampton favorite that serves award-winning brunches, is a full-service bakery and caterer, and also happens to host drag dinner shows.
A lot has changed, but some things remain.
For the time being, you can’t enjoy the acoustic weekend entertainment or the entertaining drag dinners. Catering is suspended, since to limit the spread of COVID-19, people aren’t allowed to gather in groups. However, you can still get fresh baked goods, such as breads, cakes, pies and cookies, daily. You can still get most of the regular menu, and now you can also get family meals for four every day, hot and to go.
The Grey Goose was established in 1982 but bought by two Johnson & Wales graduates, Dana and Phillip Epstein, 12 years ago. Dana was raised in Hampton, and graduated from Kecoughtan High School and the local Johnson & Wales campus; Philip grew up in Norfolk, and graduated from Maury High School and the Providence, Rhode Island, campus of Johnson & Wales.
Both chefs have deep credentials and work histories in various highly regarded Williamsburg establishments as well as the Tides Inn and Caneel Bay Resort in St. John.
Dana and Phillip now work the kitchen and run the business themselves.
“Unfortunately,” she said by phone, “we had to lay off most of our staff when the pandemic hit, but we’ve been practicing for this for years.” She handles the cooking and he handles the baking.
Caty Hampton, the lone employee now, has been with them one year.
“I am so completely blessed working for the owners and by the customers we have. The unity and love here has been crazy,” she said. She described Phillip as “a mad genius” in baking and called his peanut butter-filled cream horns and his croissant french toast stuffed with cannoli cream “insanely delicious.”
She also said you can order off the menu hot to-go; order family meal deals that change daily; get do-it-yourself meal kits for outdoor grilling; or get special date-night dinners like steak, asparagus, dessert and wine for two.
The bakery is open daily and you are welcome to walk in to select your goodies. You can also get Dana’s chicken salad by the pound and her Brunswick stew to go.
(A side note: Being a restaurant, The Grey Goose has more access to hard-to-find items like toilet paper, paper towels, gloves and cleaning supplies. It’s making those available to buy, too, but you might want to call ahead.)
With Mother’s Day around the corner, Dana said they’re getting that menu ready.
“When this is all over, we’re opening a new restaurant in Phoebus called The Baker’s Wife,” she said. “It will be a French American-style bistro, totally different from The Grey Goose. We’re building out the space now.”
Open seven days a week: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays, 10 to 3 p.m. Mondays, and 11 to 6 Tuesdays through Saturdays.
The Grey Goose, 118 Old Hampton Lane, Hampton. 757-723-7978, www.greygooserestaurant.com