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"The Virginian" Turns 90

By: Val Thompson Email
By: Val Thompson Email

August 3, 2013

The Virginian restaurant, on The Corner, is celebrating its 90th anniversary Saturday night.

To celebrate, the restaurant is serving 50 cent hot dogs, hamburgers, and fries. They are also serving drinks that were popular during Prohibition, when The Virginian first opened in 1923.

The staff on Saturday will be dressed in 1920's garb, and the restaurant plans to host a costume contest at night.

The owner, Anderson McClure, says a major reason The Virginian has lasted so long is location.

"Anytime we have a major event at U.Va. or in the U.Va. community," said McClure, "even something as simple as winning a football game, it's unbelievable to see all these people come from The Lawn just crushing down the street and heading to The Virginian. You get lines and you just get a mad house of people who are celebrating, and that's what really makes it special."

The party continues until 2 a.m. Saturday night, with a special toast at midnight.

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