2011 was the first year of Rick’s On The River. We are a family owned business with strong roots in the community. Most may not know that the restaurant was named after my father Rick Thomas. He was well known within the Fairview Beach community. He would tell you what was on his mind, whether you wanted to hear it or not. He would also give you the shirt off of his back and ask nothing in return. He loved the water and all of the things that go along with it. I have fond memories of boating, fishing, and skiing on the Potomac for as far back as I can recall. Neither my husband nor I had any previous restaurant experience, so you can only imagine some of the shock that went along with owning Rick’s. We have somehow managed to roll with the punches and stick around each year. If you haven’t been to Rick’s it is a bit difficult to understand the uniqueness that goes along with it.
People come to the river to relax and let their hair down. We have tried through the years to create an environment that mimics a feeling like you are no longer in Virginia. We have tried to replicate a feeling some what of being in the Florida Keys (a place that my not only my father called home for sometime, but a place my husband and I truly love to visit). That feeling of pure simpleness and fun. Where you can pull up a chair in the sand, take your shoes off and enjoy a cocktail while you are watching one of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see. In fact everyone that works for us, my self included has countless pictures on our phones of the sunsets. No one like the other. It is sort of a ritual that about that time of day you will see everyone migrating closer to the beach to capture that awe inspiring moment.