99 Main Restaurant is an independently owned, 75 seat restaurant in the historic neighborhood of Hilton Village in Newport News, Virginia. Originally conceived by Jimmy and Christine Ferguson as they reminisced about the comfort of living in Hilton, 99 Main was the first fine dining eatery in Newport News. Gleaming treasures from Christine’s years in the antiques business create an elegant yet, casual atmosphere. World traveler and CIA graduate Jimmy completes the picture with a cuisine anchored in French classics and technique, but always accented by his flair for individuality.

The kitchen is run by longtime sous chef Paul Hammer. Originally from New Jersey (Exit 10), he has been living in Virginia and working in restaurants for the past 19 years. In 1991 he took a dishwashing job at Cara's Restaurant in Chesapeake where he rapidly moved up the ladder. (Although he candidly admits it was more the ladder getting shorter that propelled him to the top.) Over the next 9 years he learned all there was to know about cooking. In 2000 he moved to Newport News taking a position at Aria 51 thus beginning his fine dining career. Everyday since has been a learning experience. In 2001 he joined the team at 99 Main Restaurant, where the freedom Jimmy and Christine allow their staff has given them a chance to sharpen their style and skill. He currently resides in Hilton Village with his wife Erin, and two children, William and Morrigan.

Jimmy’s quest to do the best for his kitchen has led to many improvements. He began the restaurant with a brick oven, surplus cooking equipment, and old soda coolers. Over the years a new stove and ovens came, then an overhaul of the grill and finally to everyone’s joy a walk in refrigerator was built. Now the restaurant can even cure its own fish and bacon.

The front of the house staff has a true commitment to excellence. Original bartender Fred Rich and floor manager Jason Mingee guide daily operations with smoothness that takes the intimidation out of fine dining and leaves only the pleasure.

99 Main has established itself as a fixture in both the Hilton neighborhood and the good life in Newport News. It all started with a few cocktails and talk of a brighter future for the city. That’s usually the way the evening ends here too.

99 Main Street Newport News, VA 23601 | 757-599-9885
Operating Hours are from 5-9:30 pm Tue-Thurs, and until 10:30 pm on Fri-Sat.