Our Story

Heirloom is a creative farm-to-table restaurant that focuses on elevated local recipes from Virginia Beach.

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Brent Cowan


An operating chef with a hands-on approach, Brent is a homegrown chef excited to lead a kitchen team producing locally influenced and highest-quality cuisine. With over two decades of running kitchens, Brent’s experience in applying detail and care to delicate flavors will be the forefront of the Heirloom guest experience. Brent believes in sourcing as locally as possible, but putting all ingredients through the lens of his culinary heritage as a VB native.

Bethany Morris

General Manager/Wine Director

Virginia Beach native, Bethany Morris, is a Certified Sommelier with more than 12 years of experience in the industry. Most recently, she served as the Wine Director at Hilton Norfolk The Main, and received multiple Wine Spectator Awards for her lists. Bethany is the recipient of the Waltor Clore Scholarship for having passed her Certified Sommelier Exam in 2017, for highest in class. She also sits on the board for judging several Virginia wine competitions. She is currently pursuing her Advance Sommelier Certification.

Bethany's roles will be that of General Manager, responsible for all aspects of the front of the house, as well as Wine Director. She hopes to establish Heirloom’s service to be of the highest quality, and to develop the wine program to be nationally recognized, with features from her home state of Virginia.

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Cody Dunavan

Bar Manager

Cody Dunavan moved to Virginia Beach 10 years ago while serving as an officer in the Navy. After the completion of his military service in 2017, he began his bartending career. He is a U.S. Bartending Guild Spirits Professional, and has earned several other credentials to include Introductory Sommelier and Certified Beer Server. Most recently, he earned the distinction of being one of the top 100 U.S. bartenders in the Diageo World Class cocktail competition.  Currently, he is working towards his qualification as a Certified Spirits Specialist. 


Cody believes in creating an unforgettable experience through the use of elegant but approachable cocktails and a welcoming atmosphere.