“We’re farmers who got into the restaurant business,” says entrepreneur Travis Croxton. When Travis and Ryan Croxton took over their family’s 100 year-old mollusk farm, Rappahannock Oyster Company, they wanted a way to showcase beautiful products from not only their own hauls, but from other farmers as well. There are several Rappahannock eateries in Virginia and one in D.C., but Charleston will get its own on March 20.
Dealing directly with farmers gives Rappahannock an ultra-awareness of the product. Elevated food from chef Kevin Kelley will make the menu more unique than the average fish house. Once open at the Cigar Factory (701 East Bay St.), the restaurant will serve brunch, lunch, and dinner.
The space, currently under construction, will maintain many of the raw factory elements, like concrete floors and exposed brick walls and ceiling beams. The expansive copper bar will seat 38 and there will be an outdoor dining area. Rappahannock will also have a fresh seafood case with a phone app option for ordering.
• Rappahannock Oyster Company [Official]