Today the local restaurant group HOUSEpitality Family opens the doors (starting at 3 PM) of Richmond’s latest dining option, the Island Shrimp Co. An option with a decidedly tropical twist.
Island Shrimp Co., located at Chesterfield Towne Center, is adjacent to the still under construction but oh-so-close Casa del Barco. Near the Red Robin and Barnes & Noble in case you’re wondering which side of the mall.
The first thing you’ll notice as you approach is the use of shipping containers in the construction. This is a nod to container ships as the great connectors of the world’s goods and cuisines, a reminder for guests on how the world is linked. Don’t worry, about feeling closed in because once you enter the restaurant you’re greeted with open spaces, bright colors, glass walls, as well as cozy nooks.
We mention the adjacency to Casa del Barco because the two are connected by the “Aloha Bridge” and all the necessary licensing hurdles have been jumped so you and your fruity tropical drink can walk over and mingle with your friend and their tequila concoction.
The bridge will come in handy when you’re on the top floor on the rooftop patio enjoying a drink made with actual fruit as opposed to a mix. No pre-made fruit drinks or mix all the drinks have fresh-squeezed juice. The rooftop patio will also be the spot for live music. Beginning September 19, Island Shrimp Co. will offer live music on the rooftop open-air patio. Kevin Davis and Ban Caribe will play on Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. and a DJ will play from 9:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
“We specialize in creating authentic and memorable experiences for our guests at all of our locations, and Island Shrimp Co. is no exception. This is an oasis in an everyday place and our guests will make memories that last a lifetime,” said Paige Healy, chief creative officer with HOUSEpitality Family. “We’ve traveled the world to get a true sense of the people and cultures that connect with this cuisine and we’ve created an environment that puts people at ease to have an amazing time with us.”
Another first for Richmond restaurants, HOUSEpitality Family considered the full dining experience and incorporated several Instagram-ready photo opportunities when developing the space.
“We know that a mark of a good time is a photo that captures the experience, so we created Instagram-worthy points throughout the restaurant to allow guests to snap photos and hold on to the memory forever,” said Healy.
The 7,500-square-foot restaurant will be open seven days a week. Hours will be:
- 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Monday – Thursday
- 11:30 a.m. – 1 a.m. on Friday
- 11 a.m. – 1 a.m. on Saturday
- 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Sunday.
Happy hour will take place Monday – Friday from 3 – 6:30 p.m at the bar.