Smithfield Station Celebrates 30 years!

This family run business has staying power.

Photo by Jack Greves


Grand Opening, November 1986


Smithfield Station celebrated 30 years in business this past November. The award-winning restaurant, hotel, marina and conference center located on the Pagan River in downtown Smithfield, Virginia opened its doors November 24, 1986. Ever since, they have been serving delicious meals, delighting overnight travelers by both land and sea and providing beautiful, first-class conference facilities.

In the lobby of the restaurant at Smithfield Station hangs an article from Portfolio Magazine in 1987 that is a testament to founder Ron Pack’s vision. The article is about the “Golden Fork Awards” and lists new restaurants worth watching. Smithfield Station is the only restaurant on that list still in operation today. Since opening in 1986, Smithfield Station has seen steady growth adding a Chesapeake Bay styled lighthouse in 1994, which serves as two luxury hotel suites, and five boardwalk cottages along the marina. In 2007, Smithfield Station doubled in size when it opened twenty-two additional hotel rooms, a world-class conference facility, retail shops and fifty additional marina slips.

While Ron and Tina are semi-retired, sons Randy and Brian carry on the business. Ron Pack often jokes that he couldn’t sell the business so he had to “grow his replacements.” Randy Pack, now the President of Smithfield Station and Ron and Tina’s oldest son says, “The love and passion with which our parents have built Smithfield Station has left a huge role to fill for my brother and I. For a restaurant to last 30 years is impressive and speaks to the quality of the facility, the quality and longevity of staff and the success of our parents ingrained motto to ‘allow no guest leave anything less than delighted.'”

Smithfield Station is in the historic district of charming Smithfield, Virginia. With several major events going on throughout the year, the Town of Smithfield and Smithfield Station have proven they are the place to be in Coastal Virginia. Shopping and dining opportunities abound and the boutique coastal style hotel is sure to please the most discerning traveler.

Photo by Jack Greves of the Lighthouse

About Smithfield Station:

Smithfield Station is a restaurant, hotel, marina and conference center in Smithfield Virginia. It boasts a 144-seat restaurant, 44 beautifully appointed hotel rooms, 100 slip marina, beautiful conference and corporate retreat facilities as well as endless catering possibilities from an intimate cocktail party to a 400+ person seated dinner.

For more information please contact Randy Pack, President of Smithfield Station, at 757-357-7700, or visit their website at