For most of the 20th century, Williamsburg had at least one, and sometimes two soda fountains operating in a drug store in our downtown – for many decades now, referred to as “Merchants Square”. All that changed in 2005 with the closing of the Williamsburg Drug Company.
To generations of locals, the fresh squeezed limeades, soda fountain creations of shakes, malts and floats, and light fare at an affordable price was to be only a memory.
Billy and Sharon Scruggs, both natives of Williamsburg, and currently business owners downtown, sought to create a venue to replace the old drug store counter concept.
The dining area is very cute, with aqua blue tables and a massive chalkboard covering the wall on the right. It also advertised their shakes and custards, along with the hand-written litany of the day’s specials.
Retro’s Good Eats! is a family friendly venue on Prince George Street, just one block away from the Williamsburg Drug Company’s former location.
Retro’s is an interesting little restaurant, comfortably nestled into its home in Williamsburg. Its proximity to students and shoppers alike give it a built-in customer base. The menu is small and focused, and most people could find something enjoyable– even the vegans, which is a pleasant surprise. With its friendly staff and earnest food, its a fun place that should blossom nicely in future years.
The delicious food is simple and affordable. Signature items include French fries cut fresh daily, and real dairy custard, frozen on site daily. Said to have the best hot dogs in town, one can load up with a choice of fourteen toppings which, in addition to the old standards, include blue cheese cole slaw and sweet potato mustard! With cheeseburgers, BBQ, our grilled chicken sandwich (think State Fair) and fresh salads, there is something here to please everyone in your group!
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Retro’s Good Eats 435 Prince George Street, Williamsburg, VA (757) 253-8816 Open 7 Days a Week 11am-9pm
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