Castanea, the new restaurant from chef (and now owner) Philip Denny, opened last week at 1812-1816 E. Main St. in Shockoe Bottom.

The restaurant begins dinner service Tuesday - Friday of this week.

Highlights from the lunch menu include a lobster roll ($13), fried eggplant sandwich ($8) and Italian sub ($12).

“I love the neighborhood,” Denny told the Richmond Times-Dispatch in April. “(Shockoe Bottom) should be a focal point of Richmond, even if it’s not now. All of the clubs have pretty much moved out.”

Denny said the development of residential housing in the neighborhood is part of the draw for the location.


Previous from May 18:

Chef Philip Denny, co-executive chef of McCormack’s Big Whisky Grill, is opening a restaurant at 1812-1816 E. Main St. in Shockoe Bottom.

The move is a return to Shockoe Bottom for Denny, who led the kitchen at nearby Aziza’s on Main (2110 E. Main St.) for nearly two years before going to Big Whisky.

“I love the neighborhood,” Denny said. Shockoe Bottom “should be a focal point of Richmond, even if it’s not now. All of the clubs have pretty much moved out.”

Denny said the development of residential housing in the neighborhood is part of the draw for the location.

“We’re excited to see him down there,” said Nathan Hughes of Bandazian & Hughes, who handled the transaction.

Denny is not sharing a lot about the concept right now, including the name. He did say the new restaurant will be family-friendly and serve Mediterranean-style food.

The restaurant will seat about 40 for lunch and dinner, not including the patio, which Denny said he’s going to wait to open so he can focus on the interior.

“It’s time,” Denny said of opening his own spot. “This has been a dream of mine for years.”

“Philip’s a really talented guy. I’m happy for him,” said Mac McCormack, Denny’s current boss.

McCormack, who also owns McCormack’s Irish Pub in Shockoe Bottom, said Denny will be a great addition to the neighborhood.

Denny’s new restaurant should open by the end of the summer. In the meantime, he can still be found at McCormack’s Big Whisky Grill in Regency Square.





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