When entering the door to Orapax, you’re experiencing a little bit of Greek culture and food in the Chelsea district of Norfolk. The Seretis family will welcome you and give you a taste of their authentic Greek cuisine. You can find Kelsey at the bar making their signature Mediterranean Mule or Blue Lantern, or Nicole handing you any of their Greek pizzas or innovative wonton chicken pizzas.
It all started when Louis Seretis opened Orapax doors in 1966 as a western-themed bar, named so people would remember their street location with its fortuitous Greek sound, and which they found is the name of a Powhatan tribal village. At that time, their premier sandwich consisted of Spam, cheese, and Mary Jane bread.
Later, the family chose to reflect the culture of their home and made Orapax a Greek Restaurant with craft beer and specialty cocktails. In 1980, Louis’ son, Nick Seretis, took over the business, keeping it in the family.
Recently they reported a large increase in their business resulting from building two bars as well as renovating. Success has come after many challenges throughout the years, their biggest challenges being staffing and putting job ads on new websites. But keeping true to their Greek culture of good food and family has set them apart from many restaurants in the area and has contributed towards their success. Moving forward they plan to continue to grow and book more private parties.
Today, Orapax offers live music, paint nights, and Instagram Tuesdays, where you can tag a picture of your entrée for a free baklava! See for yourself. They are located at 1300 Redgate Ave, Norfolk,VA 23507 and open Monday through Saturday offering happy hours, delivery, take out, catering, and space for private events.