The Court Cafe and Pub in the town of Louisa is now owned by Garyt and Ike King.
Garyt, an employee at North Anna Power Station, and his father Ike, a former police officer, took over the business after hearing through mutual friends that former owners Al Brown and Sandy Morris were selling the place.
Situated in the old post office building, the pub was first established as Reactor One in 2006 and was re-branded as Court Cafe and Pub in 2010.
Since then, the bar has been a local hangout, with weekly Southern and classic rock cover bands and deejays and the occasional karaoke night or fundraiser.
Garyt King said that he had heard through mutual friends that Brown and Morris were interested and selling. He and his father were immediately interested.
“It was a lifelong dream of my father to own a restaurant or a bar and I had always wanted to be a business owner,” Garyt said.
The Kings have made a few changes since they took over, including a revamped menu, upgrades and renovations to the interior and the addition of new entertainment options. The latter include three gaming machines, a pool tournament on Wednesdays and live music or a deejay three evenings each week.
Garyt and Ike aren’t the first members of their family to operate a business in downtown Louisa. Garyt’s sister Kaitlyn owns Down Home Floral Arrangements on East Main Street.
“Seeing her own and operate her own business with my mother, Sharon, also gave us the itch,” he said.
The Court Cafe and Pub is open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week. More information can be found at www.courtcafeandpub.com.