The Hingham Shipyard will welcome in Union Fish Seafood & Raw Bar to its list of establishments, as the restaurant prepares for a spring 2013 opening.
Although the Shipyard has a variety of food options, the restaurant, slated to go in the 2300-square-foot space in the first floor of the new residential development, across from Wahlburgers and Alma Nove, will be the first seafood restaurant in the popular shopping and dining locale.
“This is a different offering that when we have now. We have great Italian, great burgers, some quicker food, fast casual, and you have the stuff at Fresh Market. This is nice because it’s a different niche. And given our waterfront location, it’s really nice to have a seafood-focused restaurant,” said Diana Pisciotta, a PR spokesperson for Samuels & Associates, the shipyard's developer.
According to a release, this will be the second Union Fish restaurant, joining one in Plymouth.
Like the earlier location, Brandon Babiarz, Union Fish’s executive chef, will have that role in the new facility. He was trained at the New England Culinary Institute and has worked in a number of Florida and Massachusetts restaurants.
And while the opening is still months away, menu items are already being developed, featuring the traditional – such as crab cakes, lobster rolls, and fried seafood – to the more refined – such as lobster mac-and-cheese and prosciutto-wrapped cod and haddock au gratin.
According to Leslie Cohen, vice president of development at Samuels & Associates, the restaurant will make a good fit for the waterfront.
“Given the harbor side location, we thought the Union Fish concept was perfect for the Hingham Shipyard,” Cohen said. “The Dramshop Hospitality team is known for creating restaurants that are beloved by local residents and visitors alike.
Owned by Boston-based restaurant group Dramshop Hospitality, Union Fish will install the kitchen and décor into the retail space over the next few months. Moving into a space that wasn't previously a restaurant adds time to the work, Pisciotta said.
The announcement of a new restaurant came as Samuels & Associates started moving residents into a new building at the Shipyard. The 26-unit housing complex is one of three residential spaces that Samuels plans to build in upcoming years. In total, 94 units will be constructed within the Shipyard.