Featured Image: The iconic pepperoni pizza of Shorebreak Pizza &
Taphouse located at 2961 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach. Shorebreak|Facebook

For anyone looking for the best pizza and best burgers in Virginia Beach, don’t fret, as Shorebreak is only 12 minutes away from campus. Shorebreak opened in 2003, focusing on great food and the local sports in the area that brought families in to celebrate games, wins or just a family dinner. 

Co-owner JB Maas, 2001 alumnus, joined Shorebreak with a passion for hospitality while enjoying meeting new people. Maas’ favorite part about working at Shorebreak is that it is fast-paced and he loves meeting all the customers and interacting with his staff. 

Alongside Maas is Brian Dressler, the previous manager of the Shore Drive location. He has been a partner since the opening of the second location. Dressler is an alumnus from 2012. 

When he started working at Shorebreak, Dressler was still a student, bringing his fellow lacrosse teammates with him at the time. Dressler’s favorite part about working at Shorebreak is that everyone is welcoming and that they are always growing. 

Shorebreak is an American-style restaurant with a variety of foods, including pizza, wings, burgers, tacos and seafood items. Maas said that they lend themselves to a very heavy sports theme. Dressler also would describe Shorebreak as a very family-friendly sports bar-type restaurant.

“We would love to welcome all Wesleyan students as customers and we would also love to welcome you as part of our team,” Maas said. 

Shorebreak has something for everyone on any type of occasion, whether it is watching football on a Sunday or enjoying a dinner date for your anniversary. 

“We would love to welcome all
Wesleyan students as customers and
we would also love to welcome you as
part of our team.”
-JB Maas, Shorebreak Co-owner

Long-time employee Jessica Whitehurst said, “Any event you could have is fun here. Everyone enjoys themselves and leaves having a memorable evening.” 

Whitehurst said her favorite items are their cheese curds and their Thai crunch bowl. “My personal favorites would be our wings and quesadillas,” Maas said, while Dressler said his personal favorite item has to be the Philly cheesesteak sub. 

Sports are the key to Shorebreak, with TVs at every turn and business hours that go alongside those late night Weekly games to those early Sunday games. For most major sports events, they change their hours to fit the event times. 

Luckily for soccer fans in the local area, Shorebreak will be opening up at noon on Nov. 21, 25 and 29 for the World Cup. When looking for a good seat or at least some good standing room, make sure to get there at noon, as seating is first come first serve. 

Shorebreak is that one place in Virginia that gives everyone a feeling of being welcomed. Walking in the doors to see the hostesses and manager, they are immediately welcomed in and seated in a timely manner. Whitehurst said she feels like they are busy every day, especially around 5 to 6 p.m. on weeknights.

Their business hours are 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Friday 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday hours are 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. and to close out the weekend they are open from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Sundays.

By Mikayla Moscatelli