Many of you may already know the history behind New Baltimore’s only pizza place, Spitony’s, but have you heard about how Northside29 came to be? Let me tell you.

1956: My father-in-law or Dad as I call him, Spiro Chakalos, emigrated from Greece to the United States with only a few dollars in his pocket with a dream to one day own his own business.

1971: When Dad discovered this New Baltimore location, he was quick to sell everything he owned to invest in the buildings. He had an eye for hospitality and a vision to bring family-style cuisine to a town that had neither. He opened the two restaurants, Town and Country and Spitony’s Pizza, and operated both until he retired in 1991.

1978: Town and Country was named the largest restaurant in Fauquier County.

It’s incredible to look back now at this accomplishment. I like to consider how much our county has grown in the past decade or two and the role that my father-in-law played leading to that.

1986: Dad decided to retire after many arduous years in the restaurants and responsibility was passed along to his kids. However, that only lasted a few months and he came back to help with Spitony’s which kept him busy until he passed away in 2007.

1991: Town and Country was sold to an independent owner, transferring ownership out of the family after 18 years in operation. At that time, Bill’s and my focus shifted to our kids…and of course our other baby, Spitony’s.

2011: When Bill and I were presented with the opportunity to buy Town and Country back and restore it to its original ownership, we didn’t think twice; we bought it right away. We were excited to carry on Dad’s passion for the family business and we knew keeping it in the family is what he would have wanted. The biggest heartache for our family was changing the name from Town and Country. It was a difficult decision, but we knew we needed to communicate to our community that the Chakalos family was back. For months we struggled and went back and forth over name ideas.

We finally agreed on Northside29 Restaurant. If the choice in name is not obvious to you, I’ll tell you: we are your destination as you travel northbound on route 29!

2013: We revamped the back part of the restaurant and opened The Bar! Here, you will find Thursday trivia teams, open mic night on Wednesdays and live music every Friday night. I like to think the second generation of Chakalos’s is paving the way in providing a little more nightlife and entertainment in New Baltimore!

Thanks for tuning in for my first blog. Stay tuned for future monthly blogs!

-Momma Chock