Will Spainhour cooks barbecue for customers at Spainhour’s diner in South Boston Thursday at lunchtime. Spainhour’s is offering specials on their barbecue plates in celebration of Restaurant Week, from Sunday through Sept. 12.

Halifax County Tourism invites all food lovers in Halifax County to join them in celebrating Restaurant Week Sunday through Sept. 12. Locally owned restaurants are offering specials to customers as part of the celebration.

“We are encouraging people to support your friends, neighbors and your community by dining out that week,” said LaTonya Sadler Hamilton, director of Halifax County Tourism. “You can do curbside, you can dine in the restaurant, or you can get your food to go.”

Five restaurants in Halifax County have specials as part of Restaurant Week: Southern Plenty Café in downtown South Boston, Darby’s Tavern at the Berry Hill Resort, O Sole Mio Italian Eatery in South Boston, Spainhour’s diner in South Boston and Molasses Grill in Halifax. Hamilton encourages Halifax County residents to enjoy dining at any locally owned restaurant during Restaurant Week, not only at the restaurants offering specials.

Sharon Spainhour, co-owner of Spainhour’s diner, said Restaurant Week benefits the local restaurants and customers alike.

“The visitors’ center reaching out and helping the community in this way is really nice,” Spainhour said. “We’re trying to give people a deal (during Restaurant Week). It gives the customers a savings but it also brings customers into our building who may not have come in to eat before. They can come in and try our barbecue and maybe come back later and try another item on our menu.”

Spainhour’s is offering both a dine-in and a take-out special during Restaurant Week. The dine-in special is two for $15 barbecue plates with two sides. The take-out special is a family four pack for $25 which includes two pints of barbecue, two pints of sides and one dozen hushpuppies.

Halifax County Tourism started Restaurant Week four years ago, and Hamilton once again asked every locally owned restaurant to participate this year.

Unlike past years, the restaurants are not paying a fee to participate in Restaurant Week this year because of financial challenges they faced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hamilton said. This year’s Restaurant Week is simply a celebration of the local food establishments. Hamilton added supporting local restaurants is key to revitalizing the local economy, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

“The hospitality industry is usually the one that pulls everyone out of a recession,” Hamilton said. “Supporting our local economy, supporting our local restaurants is so important.”

Spainhour said the community has supported her and her husband Randy’s restaurant throughout the pandemic, even when they were only offering take-out. They opened the doors of their restaurant in Hupps Mill Plaza on March 16, right before Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam ordered restaurants to close their dining rooms to customers because of the COVID-19 pandemic and had to resort to operate on a take-out only basis until the restrictions are lifted.

Spainhour’s looks forward to serving patrons celebrating Restaurant Week, along with other local restaurants serving up cuisine prepared by their in-house chefs.

Southern Plenty is offering a breakfast and lunch special for Restaurant Week. Their breakfast special is French toast of the day with choice of bacon or sausage and a drink for $6.50. Their lunch special is a German plate, which includes a pork roast, a drink and a cookie for $10.50.

Darby’s Tavern is offering a dinner special. The special is $30 for three courses, including an appetizer of pretzel bites with beer cheese, an entrée of bacon wrapped stuffed chicken breast over roasted potatoes and green beans, topped with a garlic cream sauce, and a dessert of berry custard.

O Sole Mio is offering a special for lunch or dinner: a 12-inch pizza with two toppings for $10.

Molasses Grill is offering an extra 10% off all beer and wine to go. That’s in addition to their normal 35% discount, for a total of 45% off. The beer and wine can be purchased with or without food. 

Halifax County Tourism also is running a contest to add to the fun of Restaurant Week. To enter the contest, visit the Halifax County Restaurant Week Facebook page,

Like, share and leave a comment on the original post sharing what you’re most excited about for the Restaurant Week celebration. The winner will receive a $50 gift certificate to the restaurant of their choice. The winner will be announced Sunday.

Miranda Baines is a staff writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at

Miranda Baines is a staff writer for The Gazette-Virginian. Contact her at