by Brandon Fox
The Hard Shell Downtown has been shucking oysters in a block that straddles Shockoe Slip and Shockoe Bottom for 22 years. A month ago, Richmond Restaurant Group, which also owns the Daily Kitchen & Bar, East Coast Provisions, Pearl Raw Bar and the Hill Cafe, quietly closed the seafood restaurant for renovations.
Tonight, the Hard Shell will open back up. You’ll see a lighter, more upscale, industrial-chic space with gray-buttoned booths and lots of wood, along with Carrera marble and white washed wood tables. The stage area is now a raw bar, and although the paper on the tables hasn’t gone anywhere, the new interior is meant to match a new menu that will roll out during the next couple of weeks.
The Hard Shell Downtown is located at 1411 E. Cary St. and is open Mondays-Saturdays 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sundays 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.