The space at upcoming seafood joint The Darling Oyster Bar is still under some construction, but most of the dining room is in place and the staff starts training today. The former Union Provisions interiors were renovated by Smith Hanes Studio in Atlanta. According to Hanes, "The Darling is a fanciful take on a Southern seafood place. With architectural references to oyster bars from another era and banquettes inspired by Dad's favorite motorboat, the place inspires the guest to dream of being on the water of beach."
The space is filled with blues and greens, with nautical nods about the room. The raw bar faces the King Street windows — these will most likely become the most-coveted 14 seats on the block for people watching. The Darling will seat 100 once completed.
The team behind the restaurant, co-owners Ben Russell-Schlesinger and Robert Young and chefs Nathan Thurston and Joe DiMaio, are going for a casual seafood house feeling. The servers will wear t-shirts and jeans with an apron, and the bartenders will don button-down seersucker tops and branded trucker hats.
The Darling is expected to open at 513 King St. within a few weeks.