Through a Request for Proposals, the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission has selected The Seafood Shack LLC (“The Shack”) to operate a food concession, event venue, and public space on the southern portion of Parcel 22, in the heart of the I-195 District. The installation is intended to introduce more vibrancy and facilitate placemaking in this area and helps to fulfill a recommendation of the 2015 HR&A study, which highlighted the importance of placemaking strategies in the creation of a successful innovation district.
The Shack is a partnership led by the owners of The Shop, a coffee shop and café in Fox Point. Other team members include Dune Brothers Seafood, Design Under Sky, and Stay Silent PVD. The Shack, which is expected to be open for lunch and dinner year-round, is envisioned as a seafood shack that will serve sustainably sourced New England seafood. Events will likely include recurring, weekly events and periodic larger events. Located in front of One Ship Street and adjacent to the site of Wexford’s Innovation Center, The Shack will feature a free-standing food concession trailer, patio and landscaped seating area, stage for event performers, and a lawn. The Shack opened in Summer 2017 and the installation is expected to be in place for approximately two years.