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Nauticus’ café is currently closed. Vending machines are available for guests daily.

Nauticus is seeking an innovative partner to run its café and riverfront porch.

If you’re a restaurant entrepreneur interested in managing an amazing downtown waterfront venue and café space, we have a low-risk, high-volume opportunity for you! Nauticus welcomes more than 300,000 guests annually and anticipates more than 180,000 cruise ship passengers in 2022 alone (it’s busiest cruise season ever)! 

Benefits include:

  • First three (3) months of rent waived
  • Full kitchen
  • Flexible operating hours
  • Free utilities & water
  • Free trash removal

Our Ideal Partner:

We’re searching for a restaurant entrepreneur who not only meets the needs of our museum guests and cruise ship passengers, but also has a plan to attract downtown workers and the nearby residential community. 

About the Nauticus Foundation:

Nauticus’ mission is to inspire, engage and educate our community with impactful experiences and STEM focused programs relating to the maritime world. The Nauticus campus includes the museum, the historic Battleship Wisconsin, Sail Nauticus Sailing Center, Schooner Virginia and the Decker Half Moone Center.

RFP Details/Contact

For full details and/or tour of the location, please contact:
Jennifer Turlington

Visitor Services Manager
(757) 664-1037

Nauticus Cafe

Spacious 5,000sq. ft cafe.

Nauticus CAFE

Full kitchen, utilities, trash and water included in rent.

Nauticus Cafe

Seating available for 100. Patrons are not required to purchase Nauticus admission to visit the café.

Riverfront Porch

Seating for up to 100 patrons along the Elizabeth River.