CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Maya is a restaurant located in mid-town Charlottesville that offers a fresh look at southern comfort food and seasonal ingredients in a comfortable intimate atmosphere.

"We have been in business now for 16 going on 17 years. It's a farm-to-table high-end southern food concept. It has lasted the test of time so far," said owner Peter Castiglone.

Castiglone says connections made over the years have helped to make it a successful business.

"Not only teamwork with our staff, but now teamwork with our regulars and teamwork with the university," he said. "All of the different connections we have made over the years. You come in on a Tuesday every bar seat is filled the moment we open the door. We know about their families. We know when their kids are getting married."

This teamwork extends beyond the walls of the restaurant, which says it could not have gotten here without the help of Virginia National Bank.

"They have been very good to me as a local bank and helped us very much with the purchase of our properties here and refinancing, and the support that you need from a local bank is what we get," Castiglone said.