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March 10, 2006

Fat Canary, Blue Talon Bistro praised by Hampton Roads magazine

Hampton Roads Magazine has released its 2005-2006 Platinum Plate Awards to the crème de la crème restaurants in the Hampton Roads area. Among those elite in the top 10 were Williamsburg’s own Fat Canary and Blue Talon Bistro, both located in Merchants Square.

The Fat Canary, located at 410 W. Duke of Gloucester St., received the highest-ranking score of 94. Opened in June of 2003, the Fat Canary’s the kitchen is led by executive chef and owner Thomas Power Jr. Although Fat Canary is three years old, the restaurant and the adjacent 36-year-old Cheese Shop is operated by the Power family. According to critics, this chic bistro, with its fresh ingredients and innovative presentation, is “a delicious, welcome addition to Colonial Williamsburg.” For more information, call the Fat Canary at (757) 229-3333.

Coming in third with a score of 92, the Blue Talon Bistro, located at 420 Prince George St., is gaining rave reviews for its menu with what its executive chef David Everett calls “serious comfort food.” Critics seem to agree. One critic hailed that “Chef David Everett can’t go wrong in my book; heartier fare than the norm.” For more information, call the Blue Talon Bistro at (757) 476-2583 or visit its website at for up-to-date menus and hours of operation.

“We are pleased that in such a short time these two fine restaurants have been chosen to receive this award,” said Marina Ashton, Colonial Williamsburg’s director of commercial properties. “It is truly a credit to Tom Power Jr. of the Fat Canary, and David Everett and Adam Steely of Blue Talon Bistro for providing outstanding cuisine and attentive service. Both restaurants have added to the exceptional dining offerings that currently are in Merchants Square.”

Revenue from Colonial Williamsburg’s property initiatives, such as the leasing of space in Merchants Square, supports the educational programs of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the not-for-profit educational institution that operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit the Colonial Williamsburg website at

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