The Oasis Restaurant
3506 (formerly 3508) Kecoughtan Road
Hampton, VA 23661-3508
formerly 757-723-5736

CLOSED 12/25/11

http://www.nnhs65.com/01-18-17-NNHS-Frances-_____-Pair.html

THEN: LATER:
1958 Anchor, p. 185 "THE OASIS RESTAURANT
3508 Kecoughtan Road
"Located in the heart of the lower peninsula between Hampton and Newport News, Virginia, on Route 60. A quiet and informal atmosphere for the traveler. Our Chefs are experienced in the art of 'Old Virginia' cooking serving the best in seafood, steaks and chicken. Ample parking space. Phone Hampton 35736."
Saturday, October 4, 2003

10/27/03

Courtesy of Bob Buchan ('61) of VA
via Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 09/01/05
Thanks so much, Gentlemen!

Image by Dave Spriggs ('64)
of VA - 10/05/03
Thanks, Dave!

 

The Oasis was a favorite restaurant of ours when I was growing up.
  I have many fond memories of dining there with my father, mother and sister. 
I had no idea it was still in existence!  Thanks for sending this to me, Dave!

- Carol Buckley Harty of NC - 10/06/03
 


While in town for the 40th Reunion of the Class of 1963, we were able to have three of our meals at the Oasis! 
Fabulous!  See?  You CAN go home again!

- Carol Buckley Harty of NC - 10/22/03
 

Saturday, October 18, 2003 Sunday, October 19, 2003
Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA,
Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA,
Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC, and
Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA
Dave Spriggs of VA ('64), Paul Harty of NC, Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC, Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA, Charles Shofner of VA, Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA, and Lou Kressaty of VA Dave Spriggs of VA ('64), Paul Harty of NC, Carol Buckley Harty ('65) of NC, Pauline Collins Shofner ('65) of VA, Charles Shofner of VA, Sarah Puckett Kressaty ('65) of VA, and Lou Kressaty of VA This would have been my daddy's 96th birthday. 
He would have so enjoyed
being here with us today!
- Courtesy of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/19/03 10/22/03
 
Sunday, October 19, 2003
10/22/03

     
 


Oh, my, The Oasis!  

That wonderful legendary restaurant in my stomping grounds is still open........on Kecoughtan Road across from the White Oak Lodge......and
that's another legend!  So, you Typhoons visited Hampton territory,
huh?  I'll bet you didn't tell anyone where you were from!?! 

I'm kidding, of course.......there were lots of places in Newport News
that I loved and still miss......like
downtown......when I was a senior, I got
my first credit card with
Leggett's Department Store.  I dearly loved that store, and I was ecstatic when they opened one on Queen Street 
in downtown Hampton, but it just wasn't the same.  I loved walking
Washington Avenue in the winter and especially at Christmas
and watching the parade!

Once again, thanks for the memories ...   
 

 
  - Gloria Woolard Price, (Hampton HS - '65) of FL - 09/02/05      
     
 

Hi, Carol:

The dinners are still great at the Oasis but I have to say the breakfasts are even better. I had the pleasure of dining there the last time I visited the Virginia Peninsula. I happened to mention my visit to this favorite

Our Old Stomping Ground
(to Sandra Canepa - '58 - of VA) and she
confirmed the owners are still very much involved in the community.
Sandra has been spearheading a grass roots movement to save
Buckroe Beach Park. The owner of the Oasis Restaurant graciously permitted
Sandra to set up a petition signing station at the restaurant. One of the
most pleasant surprises for Sandra was a gentleman who came up
to sign the petition. It was
Marvin Turley, who was the Head Life Guard
at the
municipal swimming pool for many years, and head
of adult recreation at the
World War II Memorial Recreation Center.
She was thrilled to see him, and shared this experience with me.
The story was just too good not to share it with the TYPHOON.
It was Marvin's voice on the public address system
at the
TYPHOON Football Games for years.
 
 
  - Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 09/02/05
Thanks, Joe!
 

NOW:
Friday, September 15, 2006, 6:32 PM

As
 
Dave Arnold ('65 - of VA) mentioned, I have purchased a new hot rod. It's a 1946 Chevy panel truck, with modern V8, auto, power steering, power brakes, and air conditioning. Here are two pictures taken in front of The Oasis at the official release/signing of our Images of America book on Olde Wythe on Friday, September 15th. There is some NN history in this truck ... it was owned by a cheese shop on Warwick Boulevard at one time (you eagle eye Typhoons may know where and when this was) and by long time Warwick and Newport News resident Dicky Hamilton.
 
- Tom Norris (HHS - '73) of VA - 09/17/06
WOWZERONI-RINI!!!  Thanks, Tom - and congratulations!

From the Daily Press - 12/20/11:

Hampton restaurant to close after 60 years

  HAMPTON When Nick Sorokos' father bought The Oasis restaurant just before Christmas in 1977, the teenager was less than impressed.

"I thought dad had bought a dive," he recalled. "Everything was '50s retro."

But it was a busy dive. Business people would come in for lunch as well as some of the older people from the Wythe community who would follow a well trodden path down the bustling Kecoughtan Road.

Sorokos soon came to appreciate the charms of one of the city's oldest restaurants, a place with an exotic past and a rumor of a visit by Elvis Presley.

The Christmas of 1977 is likely to hold happier memories than the Christmas of 2011, when the restaurant will close after losses mounted during the recession.

The Oasis has been a fixture in Hampton since 1952 and menus from that era list combination ham and cheese at 60 cents and a grilled hamburger for 40 cents. The food has remained as traditional as the clientele, although the building first opened as a gentleman's club in the 1940s when burlesque dancers were on the menu.

Sorokos said the restaurant was in some disrepair when his family took it over but it did a "tremendous business."

"I remember the place being packed. There was older clientele. It was just bustling but it was an old place."

When he later took it over and upgraded it he said some of the regular clientele gave him a hard time.

"They said, 'We like things the way they were.' I said, 'But there are holes in the booths and there are tin cans propping the table up.'"

Nick Sorokos at the Oasis
Oasis closes
Image by Sangjib Min
Daily Press
/ December 13, 2011

Nick Sorokos took over the Oasis from his father, Jim, in 1983 and gave it a facelift. He said the restaurant is the one of the oldest in the city. "Everyone else has gone by the wayside."

Glory days

The premises at 3506 Kecoughtan Road was built in 1945 and first opened as The High Hat Club.

The Ives family opened the Oasis in 1952. Sorokos said in these days Kecoughtan Road was a major highway that petered out to the west where there was a golf course and an airfield.

"It's just a family friendly neighborhood restaurant," Sorokos said.

Sightings of Elvis are apocryphal, but Sorokos said he was told by a customer who was a child at the time that the "King of Rock 'n' Roll" visited the Oasis after playing at the Paramount in Newport News in the mid-1950s.

For the best part of three decades since, Sorokos said, trade held up at the Oasis. But there were signs of what was to come after the closure of the Sentara Hampton General Hospital off Victoria Boulevard in the 1990s. That deprived the restaurant of business.

The flow of traffic through Wythe slowed dramatically, but the Oasis managed to reinvent itself, Sorokos said. "We just thought that the neighborhood would continue to support us."

'Three lousy years'

But three years ago the recession hit and hard times came to the Oasis.

At the same time Sorokos said new chain restaurants were opening in the Power Plant and the new Peninsula Town Center, which has 17 eating establishments.

"We've had three lousy years, this being the worst of them all," Sorokos said.

He estimates the restaurant's trade has fallen more than 40 percent in the last three years. Employees were reduced from 22 to 12.

"We were supposed to have the place sold but the deal fell through last Friday," Sorokos said.

Sorokos' wife, Caroline, paid tribute to her customers. "When we got married we had 400 people at our wedding 250 of them were Oasis grandmas and grandpas. They were my family," she said Tuesday.

The imminent closure of the restaurant has upset regular clients such as Thom Christian, 70, who said he has been eating at the Oasis all of his life.

"I am sad about it," he said. "The food is good and reasonably priced. I'll have to find another place."
 


Theme from "Lawrence of Arabia" midi courtesy of http://www.thegoldenyears.org/arabia.mid
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 10/06/03
Thanks, Dave!

Oasis Clip Art Images courtesy of http://moziru.com/explore/Eiland%20clipart%20desert%20plant/ - 01/14/18

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