Latitude Seafood adding new restaurant along Swift Creek Reservoir

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Duckridge Landing spans about 7 acres just east of Woodlake in Chesterfield. (Mike Platania photos)

A local seafood restaurant chain is adding a second spot in Chesterfield County, this time on the waterfront.  

Latitude Seafood Co. has signed on to open a location in the recently completed Duckridge Landing development at 14400 Hull Street Road. 

It will be the fourth outpost for Latitude, which Kevin Grubbs, Jonathan Knizatko and Jenatha Robinson founded in 2015. Their original location is in Westchester Commons, and in 2018 they added one in Stony Point Fashion Park. Last summer they brought the concept outside of the Richmond region with a spot in Bel Air, Maryland. 

As its name suggests, Latitude’s menu is heavy on seafood, offering everything from oysters to lobster bisque to stuffed flounder. Grubbs said the dearth of local restaurants in that part of Midlothian played a part in the decision to bring Latitude to Duckridge Landing. 

“It’s a market that’s just saturated with chain restaurants, so we’re excited to bring scratch food and high-quality ingredients that you might not find at the chains,” he said. 

Latitude will be the largest locally owned tenant at Duckridge Landing, a strip center that’s been in the works since 2021, according to Chesterfield documents. 

Totaling around 69,000 square feet across five buildings, Duckridge Landing was developed by EWN Investments, a Powhatan firm led by Ed Nunnally that also built the Hancock Village shopping center across the street. County records show Nunnally has owned Duckridge’s 7-acre plot for decades. 

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Latitude will include a 3,000-square-foot patio facing the water.

Latitude is leasing about 6,000 square feet in the center and will feature a 3,000-square-foot outdoor patio facing the Swift Creek Reservoir. Grubbs said he grew up in the area and has long dreamed of having a restaurant that overlooks the reservoir. 

“It should be a pretty gorgeous buildout. Guests can enjoy cocktails on the patio, which is going to be really exciting,” he said. 

“The Hull Street corridor is just ever-expanding, and I personally attended Clover Hill High School back when it was right near there. I remember dreaming of opening a restaurant right at this spot. It was always vacant when we were growing up as kids and it’s exciting it’s actually coming to fruition.”

Kevin Grubbs

Kevin Grubbs

Grubbs said the owners hope to open the restaurant sometime this summer. Michael Pellis Architecture is the project architect and Design Therapy is the interior designer. Engineering is being handled by Balzer & Associates and New Ridge Engineering.

The entirety of Duckridge’s retail space is spoken for and the only remaining space in the development is in a two-story, roughly 19,000-square-foot medical office building. Taylor Long Properties’ Robert Marshall and Ellen Long have the listing. 

Other restaurants that have signed on include Cracker Barrel-owned Maple Street Biscuit Co., Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Saladworks and Farmville-based Cloud 9 Gelato. A Chase Bank branch and Stretchlab are already open at the development, and Eight Creeks Dental, Salon Alora and MyEyeDr have inked their leases, as has Bon Secours for an urgent care center, according to a Taylor Long marketing flyer. 

Latitude’s expansion in Chesterfield follows Grubbs’ recent involvement with a group of Richmond restaurateurs that successfully advocated for changes to the way the City of Richmond collects meals taxes and assesses penalties and late fees

Weeks after the group publicly aired its grievances, the City Council approved a change to the city code that addresses the issues. Grubbs said he thinks the recent changes are fantastic. 

“It’s going to change everybody’s situation for the positive,” he said. “It’s going to help everybody in the future.”

duckridge landing Cropped scaled

Duckridge Landing spans about 7 acres just east of Woodlake in Chesterfield. (Mike Platania photos)

A local seafood restaurant chain is adding a second spot in Chesterfield County, this time on the waterfront.  

Latitude Seafood Co. has signed on to open a location in the recently completed Duckridge Landing development at 14400 Hull Street Road. 

It will be the fourth outpost for Latitude, which Kevin Grubbs, Jonathan Knizatko and Jenatha Robinson founded in 2015. Their original location is in Westchester Commons, and in 2018 they added one in Stony Point Fashion Park. Last summer they brought the concept outside of the Richmond region with a spot in Bel Air, Maryland. 

As its name suggests, Latitude’s menu is heavy on seafood, offering everything from oysters to lobster bisque to stuffed flounder. Grubbs said the dearth of local restaurants in that part of Midlothian played a part in the decision to bring Latitude to Duckridge Landing. 

“It’s a market that’s just saturated with chain restaurants, so we’re excited to bring scratch food and high-quality ingredients that you might not find at the chains,” he said. 

Latitude will be the largest locally owned tenant at Duckridge Landing, a strip center that’s been in the works since 2021, according to Chesterfield documents. 

Totaling around 69,000 square feet across five buildings, Duckridge Landing was developed by EWN Investments, a Powhatan firm led by Ed Nunnally that also built the Hancock Village shopping center across the street. County records show Nunnally has owned Duckridge’s 7-acre plot for decades. 

latitude seafood duckridge Cropped scaled

Latitude will include a 3,000-square-foot patio facing the water.

Latitude is leasing about 6,000 square feet in the center and will feature a 3,000-square-foot outdoor patio facing the Swift Creek Reservoir. Grubbs said he grew up in the area and has long dreamed of having a restaurant that overlooks the reservoir. 

“It should be a pretty gorgeous buildout. Guests can enjoy cocktails on the patio, which is going to be really exciting,” he said. 

“The Hull Street corridor is just ever-expanding, and I personally attended Clover Hill High School back when it was right near there. I remember dreaming of opening a restaurant right at this spot. It was always vacant when we were growing up as kids and it’s exciting it’s actually coming to fruition.”

Kevin Grubbs

Kevin Grubbs

Grubbs said the owners hope to open the restaurant sometime this summer. Michael Pellis Architecture is the project architect and Design Therapy is the interior designer. Engineering is being handled by Balzer & Associates and New Ridge Engineering.

The entirety of Duckridge’s retail space is spoken for and the only remaining space in the development is in a two-story, roughly 19,000-square-foot medical office building. Taylor Long Properties’ Robert Marshall and Ellen Long have the listing. 

Other restaurants that have signed on include Cracker Barrel-owned Maple Street Biscuit Co., Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Saladworks and Farmville-based Cloud 9 Gelato. A Chase Bank branch and Stretchlab are already open at the development, and Eight Creeks Dental, Salon Alora and MyEyeDr have inked their leases, as has Bon Secours for an urgent care center, according to a Taylor Long marketing flyer. 

Latitude’s expansion in Chesterfield follows Grubbs’ recent involvement with a group of Richmond restaurateurs that successfully advocated for changes to the way the City of Richmond collects meals taxes and assesses penalties and late fees

Weeks after the group publicly aired its grievances, the City Council approved a change to the city code that addresses the issues. Grubbs said he thinks the recent changes are fantastic. 

“It’s going to change everybody’s situation for the positive,” he said. “It’s going to help everybody in the future.”

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Bruce Milam
Bruce Milam
1 month ago

He’s right about the strip being dominated by chains. I’m glad to see him landing in a good spot and I hope he can provide tables overlooking the reservoir. We dined nearby yesterday during rush hour and I told my friends that the intersection of Hill and 288 is rated as one of the worst air quality locations in Virginia. There’s just too much traffic! The county needs to push forward on the opening of Woolridge Rd from 288 relieving the western-most traffic from the Hull Street interchange.

Stefan Brooks
Stefan Brooks
1 month ago

Exciting to see a new Latitude location in this spot. We’ve enjoyed their restaurant at the Westchester spot for years.

karl hott
karl hott
1 month ago

Excellent news. The Hull Street corridor needs better restaurants.

Jay Emory
Jay Emory
1 month ago

I mean I definitely hear him about the chain restaurants and not to be awkward about it, but Latitude is a chain restaurant, at least based on the definition. It isn’t a national chain but it is definitely a local chain.

Joe Bailey
Joe Bailey
1 month ago
Reply to  Jay Emory

No, he’s building a chain from scratch, just like their food. A local kid from the high school within a mile down the street. Building a brand and bringing jobs to others in the community. Regardless how one reads it, it’s a local success story. Nothing wrong with a local breaking a piece off for himself.

Jay Emory
Jay Emory
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe Bailey

“It will be the fourth outpost for Latitude, which Kevin Grubbs, Jonathan Knizatko and Jenatha Robinson founded in 2015. Their original location is in Westchester Commons, and in 2018 they added one in Stony Point Fashion Park. Last summer they brought the concept outside of the Richmond region with a spot in Bel Air, Maryland.”  When a restaurant has more than one location, it’s considered a chain. Seeing as how we have locations in multiple places around the region, I fail to see how that does not meet the definition of a “local chain.” To be clear, I’m not stating… Read more »

George MacGuffin
George MacGuffin
1 month ago

“It’s a market that’s just saturated with chain restaurants, so we’re excited to bring scratch food and high-quality ingredients that you might not find at the chains,”

He’s not embellishing. Just look at the other restaurants slated for that development.
5 Guys? Is that still a thing?

Travis Jordan
Travis Jordan
1 month ago

Very excited for this because we dont have a lot of good happy hour places on the hull street corridor.