New eating place The Estuary opens in downtown New Port Richey

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NEW PORT RICHEY — When James Renew first opened his eating place the Little Lamb Gastropub again in 2016, it might were noticed as a dangerous transfer.

The Clearwater eating place introduced in a small strip mall spot off McMullen Sales space Highway, an not likely atmosphere for an eatery of its caliber. However quickly sufficient, the accolades adopted and the eating place garnered sparkling reward from diners and critics alike (together with from this newsletter).

Now, Renew is at it once more together with his newest venture — an bold new leading-edge American eating place in downtown New Port Richey.

The Estuary, described as an increased seafood-focused eating place, opens this week at 6220 Grand Blvd. The development, which is owned by way of native actual property developer Frank Starkey, was once previously house to the eating place and nightclub Dulcet Eating place & Front room.

Renew, who had was hoping to open in 2022, mentioned renovations at the development were underway for the previous two years and that pandemic-related development setbacks stymied the outlet procedure. However the prolong wasn’t all dangerous: It gave him the time to look at the quiet revitalization going down proper outdoor his doorways.

Renew is positive concerning the downtown strip and surrounding house’s doable within the close to long run. Fresh years have noticed quite a few new companies and hospitality operations release in downtown New Port Richey, together with the multimillion-dollar renovation of the Twenties-era Hacienda Resort, which reopened to visitors in 2022.

“We figured the time is now,” Renew mentioned. “And we needed to get in at the flooring flooring.”

Renew, who labored at high-end homes in Las Vegas and Sydney, Australia, earlier than opening his Clearwater spot, mentioned the menu at his new eating place will really feel “extra like a cafe than a gastropub,” with increased dishes in an off-the-cuff atmosphere the place the common entree will fall round $30. The eating place’s buildout will function seating for about 150 folks, with 120 inside of and an extra 30 outdoor.

More or less 70% of the menu will center of attention on seafood, each native and world types, with an emphasis on sustainable possible choices. There shall be East, West and Gulf coast oysters to be had and a cocktail menu designed to pair with the dishes, together with an emphasis on lighter, seafood-friendly spirits.

The eating place is working in a soft-opening duration this week with restricted reservations. The Estuary will serve dinner from 4-9 p.m. on Sundays and Tuesdays thru Thursdays and from 4-10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Within the coming months, the eating place will release a weekend brunch carrier on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

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The Estuary, 6220 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey.

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