It’s been nearly four years since the restaurant space at 506 W. Broad St. has housed a restaurant, but that’s all about to change.
Patrick Harris — yes Patrick Harris, founder and owner of Richmond’s fleet of Boka Tako trucks as well as restaurants Boka Grill and Growlers in Stratford Hills and Boka Tako Bar in the Fan District — is planning to open Antler & Fin: A chef-driven restaurant in the former The Belvidere at Broad spot.
“This is why I got in the business in the first place — to open up a business where I can really have fun,” Harris said. “Boka has been always been fun, but it’s a little more street food.”
In fact, Harris said the entire reason he left stand-alone restaurant kitchens in 2010 to get into the food truck business was to one day be able to finance a food-focused, stand-alone spot.
And that’s what he’s hoping to do with Antler & Fin.
True to its name, the restaurant will serve a lot of meat and fish — nearly all of which will be locally sourced.
“(Think) Berkshire pork chops, Border Springs lamb, venison, fish dishes, housing-cured meat, fresh seafood,” he said. “We’re definitely going to have a good seasonal vegetable selection — a couple of really nice salads and I’m a big believer in vegetable plates.”
Harris said he also intends to use a lot of modern culinary techniques, such as liquid nitrogen.
“It’s my muse, if you will, this restaurant — I’m going to be doing a lot of fun, interesting things,” he said.
Harris said Antler & Fin will serve local craft beers — but he plans to emphasize the cocktail and wine program over beer in the 45-seat space.
And while the restaurant space is small, Harris said he really likes the location, which is just east of Belvidere on Broad Street.
“I like that it’s downtown. We’re kind of at the beginning, or the top if you will, of a pretty well-known restaurant row, which puts us with neighbors who have similar passion for food. Their culinary exhibition is in line with what we’re trying to do. It’s a good restaurant row kind of area,” Harris said.
Antler & Fin is expected to open this summer and will start with dinner hours before possibly adding lunch service.
Nathan Hughes, principal broker with Sperity Real Estate Ventures, represented the landlord in the deal.