Oyster and Pork Eatery The Pig and Pearl Heading to Richmond, Not D.C.
Back in February, Y&H reported that chef Rich Gunter was looking for a location for a barbecue, oyster, and whiskey joint called The Pig and Pearl. Now, he's found a location, but unfortunately for Washingtonians, eating there will require a trek out to Richmond. Initially, Gunter was on the lookout for space in Northeast D.C.
Gunter, who's worked in the kitchens of Restaurant Eve, Black's Bar & Kitchen, Charlie Palmer Steak, and Quench, teamed up with Mathew and Season Appelget to open the Southern-inspired pork and oyster-centric bistro with a whiskey bar and a cigar lounge dubbed Burn. The restaurant will be located at 2053 West Broad Street in Richmond, a property owned by Appelget that was formerly home to The Republic Restaurant and Bar. It is slated to open in early September.
Y&H has reached out to Gunter and will update with more details when we hear back.
UPDATE: Gunter says he's long time friends with the Appelgets, so when they approached him about a restaurant he decided to go for it. Gunter clarifies he's the chef, not an owner.
Menu details are still being ironed out, but Gunter says he's moved away from the barbecue concept to simply "pork forward" dishes. Burn, which will have a "darker lounge-y atmosphere," will feature 20 beer taps as well as more than 70 whiskey labels from around the world. The restaurant will also have a sports components with 12 TVs for watching games.
Photo of Rich Gunter by Jessica Sidman