The Local’s Secret

Twin brothers Nicholas and Aristotle Cleanthes would like to welcome you to their family restaurant.

 

“Because we grew up just a short distance from our restaurant, Blue Pete’s is like home and family to us. We want our customers to feel that way too.”

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Learn more About The Twins and the History of the restaurant.

 

 

Atmosphere by Mother Nature.

Our atmosphere is an awe inspiring gift from Mother Nature. Blue Pete’s is located on a beautiful five acre spot in the Back Bay area of Virginia Beach near the Back Bay National Wildlife Sanctuary. If you come in for one experience, you are bound to come back for another.

 

We want our customers to come in, relax in comfort, enjoy good food prepared and served by our caring staff, and leave refreshed.

 

You’ll quickly learn why “our locals” return over and over again.

 

Don’t forget to look for special events for adults and for children.

 

Nicholas and Aristotle Cleanthes, Owners

 

 

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Located on 5
acres of the
beautiful back
bay with indoor
and outdoor
dining

 

 

 

 

History

The draw for this property has always been provided by Mother Nature. The body of water on which Blue Pete’s is situated, Tabernacle Creek, was appropriately named. Come see why this place was named after a small place to worship – in this case, the outdoors. It is simply breathtaking.

 

Before 1972

Before 1972, the property on which the restaurant was built, first housed a small marina and fish house. In 1972 Pat and Betty Ann Ricks opened Blue Pete’s and began the first expansion. It was a cozy and homey place with seats for about twenty people. Patrons could buy bait, play a little pool, listen to country music, or sit at the bar for sandwiches and beer. Though the business has grown and changed over the years, its goals of the current owners are much the same as they were over 40 years ago – to provide food and good experiences in a friendly and homey atmosphere. The area is still known to have some of the best places to hunt and fish in the United States.

 

Today

The current restaurant is far larger than its predecessor, with room for large parties including weddings, and an outdoor recreation area for family fun, and a modern bar. It is owned by twin brothers Nicholas and Aristotle Cleanthes. Born in the Back Bay area, they became avid hunters, fishermen, outdoorsmen, and frequently lend a hand to local nature conservation efforts. Their love for this area, good people, great food, and the country lifestyle is what inspired them to acquire Blue Pete’s and carry on the tradition of a place for locals and visitors to come together and enjoy themselves in a relaxed and natural setting.

 

What the heck is a Blue Pete?

A “Blue Pete” is a bird. It is the nickname for a waterfowl common to the American mid-Atlantic It’s real name is the American Coot. It is an odd bird in that it is a waterfowl that is found where ducks are found, swims like a duck, but does not have webbed feet like ducks and geese. The feet are bluish-yellow and look more like a chicken’s feet than the webbed feet of a duck. They are known as “rails” which have long soft toes designed to help them run on uneven and very soft surfaces.


  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About The Twins

“We want our restaurant to be all family all the time”.

 

Twin brothers Nicholas and Aristotle Cleanthes bought Blue Pete’s several years ago with the intent of reviving a classic restaurant in a breathtaking location. Their goal has been and will continue to be to build a place for families and vacationers to come in and have a good time, relax, and sample some excellent local cuisine.

 

“We always try to pay close attention to detail”, says Nick. “It’s important for us to make sure our customers feel at home. Great customer care is everything to us”.

 

The brothers, who grew up in the area, are still closely tied to it through multiple conservation efforts throughout the year. “We are right next to a National Wildlife Sanctuary. If we don’t take time to take care of it, who will”, says Aristotle.

 

 

2018 Events

 


Friday, April 20: Reggae on the Back Bay – Live music by SoPoz from 5-8PM and Miles Mulkey from 8-11PM. $10 Drink Buckets & $5 Munchie Menu


Sunday, April 22: Pancreatic Cancer Benefit – A portion of the day’s proceeds will go to benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. Come dine with us and support some special locals who are battling Pancreatic Cancer.


Sunday April 29,12-3PM: Yappy Hour – Bring your 4-legged friends and join us on the patio for Yappy Hour. $5 Yappy Meals for your pup and $5 Finger Foods for you. Fur-ever Home Rescue will be bringing adorable, adoptable pups for you to meet.


Saturday, May 5, 12-4PM: Cinco de-BUY-O, Community Yard Sale. Outdoors only. To be a vendor please email bluepetespungo@gmail.com. Come out to shop and eat lunch at our beautiful venue on the Back Bay.


Saturday, May 5,7:30-10:30PM: Live music by The Muddy Gems. Come out for a variety of classic and contemporary rock covers while enjoying food and drink specials outdoors!


Saturday, May 12, 12-4PM: Spring Craft Market, come out and shop for hand made goods from local artisans while enjoying lunch on the back bay! Looking to be a vendor? Please email bluepetespungo@gmail.com for more information.


Sunday, May 13: OPEN EARLY at 10:30AM with brunch specials including Shrimp N’ Grits, Chicken & Waffles and Sweet Potato Biscuits and Gravy. $3 Mimosas & Bloody Marys. Call to make your reservation today!


Saturday, May 19, 9AM-12PM: Pungo Pickup, Help clean up Pungo! Meet at Blue Petes, get directed to a cleanup route and meet back at noon for an after-party! See Facebook event page for details.


Saturday, May 26: Twins Birthday Bash – Live Music by Buckshot, AYCE Shrimp & Crawfish Boil, drink specials and a Pungo style celebration!


Sunday, May 27: Yappy Hour – Bring your 4-legged friends and join us on the patio for Yappy Hour. $5 Yappy Meals for your pup and $5 Finger Foods for you. Fur-ever Home Rescue will be bringing adorable, adoptable pups for you to meet.


Saturday, June 9, 12-4PM: Summer Craft Market, come out and shop for hand made goods from local artisans while enjoying lunch on the back bay! Looking to be a vendor? Please email bluepetespungo@gmail.com for more information.


Saturday, June 16: Beer Bands, Buckets & BBQ: Live music by SnackBar Jones from 6-10PM, $15 AYCE Pig Pickin’ & Fixins, $10 Drink Buckets & $2 PBR!


Saturday, June 23: 9PM-12AM: ECSC Swimsuit Competition – Cowboy Boots & Daisy Dukes! DJ, Guest Judges, Drink specials and more! Details to follow.


Sunday, June 24: 12-3PM Yappy Hour – Bring your 4-legged friends and join us on the patio for Yappy Hour. $5 Yappy Meals for your pup and $5 Finger Foods for you. Fur-ever Home Rescue will be bringing adorable, adoptable pups for you to meet.


Saturday, July 7: ANNUAL PUNGO SMASH FESTIVAL!!! The party of the summer! $10 Pungo Smash Buckets, live music by Buckshot form 6-10PM, AYCE Blue Crabs, Raffles, and more!


Saturday, July 14, 12-4PM: Summer Craft Market, come out and shop for hand made goods from local artisans while enjoying lunch on the back bay! Looking to be a vendor? Please email bluepetespungo@gmail.com for more information.


Sunday, July 29, 12-3PM: Yappy Hour – Bring your 4-legged friends and join us on the patio for Yappy Hour. $5 Yappy Meals for your pup and $5 Finger Foods for you. Fur-ever Home Rescue will be bringing adorable, adoptable pups for you to meet.


Saturday, August 11: BANDS ON THE BAYOU Music Series: Food & Drink Specials, Live music by Hey Hey Hooligan from 6-10PM.


Saturday, August 18: BANDS ON THE BAYOU Music Series: Food & Drink Specials, Live music by Vinyl Headlights from 7-10PM.


Saturday, August 25: BANDS ON THE BAYOU Music Series: Food & Drink Specials, Live music by Buckshot from 6-10PM.


Sunday, August 26, 12-3PM: Yappy Hour – Bring your 4-legged friends and join us on the patio for Yappy Hour. $5 Yappy Meals for your pup and $5 Finger Foods for you. Fur-ever Home Rescue will be bringing adorable, adoptable pups for you to meet.


Saturday, September 1, 12-4PM: Fall Craft Market – come out and shop for hand made goods from local artisans while enjoying lunch on the back bay! Looking to be a vendor? Please email bluepetespungo@gmail.com for more information.


Saturday, September 15, 7-11PM: LOCALS TAKEOVER PARTY: Karaoke contest, $2 Domestic Bottles, $3 Well Drinks!


Booking

We can handle all of your Special Events needs!

Our restaurant can be rented out for parties and events, just give us a call to set it up!

 

 

757 426 2278

 

 

Summer Hours

Monday – 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Tuesday – 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Wednesday –  5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Thursday – 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Friday – 5:00 pm to 12:00 am

Saturday – 12:00 pm to 12:00 am

Sunday – 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm

*Kitchen Closes at 10:00 pm nightly.

 

Contact Info

757.426.2278
1400 N Muddy Creek Rd
Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456
www.facebook.com/BluePetes