Rappahannock Oyster Co. headed for Norfolk’s Waterside project

Rappahannock’s first restaurant downtown at 320 E. Grace St. (Michael Thompson)

Rappahannock’s first restaurant downtown at 320 E. Grace St. (Michael Thompson)

RICHMOND, Va. — A well-known Richmond restaurant has plans to try out a new waterfront setting in Hampton Roads.

Rappahannock Oyster Company, which established its first restaurant downtown at 320 E. Grace St., is set to join the tenant lineup in the Waterside District – a planned $30 million entertainment complex along the banks of the Elizabeth River in downtown Norfolk, the project’s developer announced Monday afternoon.

Waterside is being developed by Baltimore-based Cordish Cos.

A rendering of the planned Waterside development, where Rappahannock would set up its next outpost. (Courtesy Cordish Cos.)

A rendering of the planned Waterside development, where Rappahannock would set up its next outpost. (Courtesy Cordish Cos.)

The new restaurant is set to open in April 2017, according to a Cordish news release.

Travis and Ryan Croxton, cousins and co-owners of Rappahannock Oyster Co., could not immediately be reached for comment Monday evening.

Since announcing the large-scale redevelopment in the state’s second-largest city about year ago, a number of national and regional tenants have signed on to the massive Waterside project set to bring 1,000 jobs to the port city.

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