A former nurse is hoping a single-minded concept will lure customers to a new Church Hill eatery.
Marion Hawk plans to open Jus’ Fish in April at 1000 N. 25th St. in Church Hill. Hawk said she has a one-year lease on the small triangular space.
Jus’ Fish isn’t just the restaurant’s name – it’s also the menu. Hawk said Jus’ Fish will sell only fish sandwiches for takeout.
“I believe you do one thing and you do it well,” Hawk said.
She wouldn’t say how much it will cost to open the business.
Hawk said she’ll throw in a rotating side with the sandwiches. Jus’ Fish’s hours have not been finalized, but Hawk said it would likely be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday with limited hours on Sunday.
Hawk, who worked for 35 years as a traveling nurse, said she got the idea for Jus’ Fish from “Down in the Delta,” a 1998 film directed by Maya Angelou.
“I’ve watched it a thousand times,” Hawk said. “There was a restaurant in it called Just Chicken.”
Hawk said the idea stuck with her for more than a decade, and eventually the 25th Street property caught her eye. It was previously home to a commissary.
Jus’ Fish will enter one of Richmond’s most popular dining neighborhoods. The Dog and Pig Show, another takeout spot, recently opened at 314 N. 25th St., and a dim sum concept is in the works for the neighborhood, as well.
Hawk said she would eventually like to open more Jus’ Fish locations.
“Life is short,” Hawk said. “I’m in the discussion phase for No. 2.”