Charlottetown is about to welcome a new restaurant in the former Anne store
CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI — A new oyster and seafood restaurant is coming to downtown Charlottetown this summer.
Richard Court, owner of Pilot House in Charlottetown, is partnering with Raspberry Point Oysters of Prince Edward Island to open Sea Rocket at the corner of Queen Street and Victoria Row.
It will occupy 2,000 square feet of space in the former home of the Anne of Green Gables store, which moved to Queen Street late last year.
“It’s, in my opinion, the best location in Charlottetown,” Court said May 12 when he gave SaltWire Network a preview of the plans. “It’s a beautiful historic building. There is Victoria Row just outside. There is the Confederation Center across the street, and we have visibility on both streets. You don’t get that kind of opportunity to (convert) a space like this very often.’
The restaurant will feature seating for 100 patrons, a separate wheelchair entrance, a private dining room, a large oyster bar, curved tables and banquettes, and an outdoor patio.
Much of the historic interior brickwork is also retained for the finished product.
The court said Sea Rocket would employ 50 people.
Bella Swyer is one of them.
Swyer, 22, said she had worked at Pilot House for a year and a half as a waiter and jumped at the chance to be part of her new project.
“Honestly, we’re excited to welcome people and bring something new to Charlottetown,” said Swyer, who has also spent time in the restaurant business. “I think it’s going to be a great summer. I have been in the (food) industry since I was 14 years old. I love that.”
Court pointed out that Swyer is a highly skilled oyster shucker and excels in Pilot House customer service.
“I really like the customer service,” Swyer said in response to Court’s comment. “I come to work because I like it. I love coming to work on my day off.”
While the restaurant will appeal strongly to those who love seafood, Court said there will also be steak and chicken dishes on the menu, as well as gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options. In addition, the restaurant will offer a children’s menu.
Aaron Gautreau, who worked at the Piece of Cake and Inn at Bay Fortune, will be the head chef.
Heidi Zinn, general manager of Discover Charlottetown, said Sea Rocket would be a welcome addition to downtown.
“We were thrilled before we saw the plans, and now that we know what Richard and his team are up to, we’re thrilled for our city, our residents and our visitors,” said Zinn, who happened to pass by during the visit. from SaltWire Network. . “The level of detail that has gone into these plans, the beautiful historic building, the location…it’s going to knock our already amazing restaurant scene out of the park.”
Court, which hopes to open in late June or early July, said with tourists expected to travel again this summer, now was the time to move on to the project.
“It’s a beautiful space,” he said. “I have amazing people working with me and there’s dynamism in the air – why not (build) now.”