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The Davis Street pier casts anchor near the Depot

MAKING AN IMPRESSION: A new bar at The Davis Street Pier features the name of the restaurant carved into the wood. Alice Schorr, catering manager at the Pier's sister restaurant, Culpeper Cattle Company, took a break from her work there Monday to show off the renovation work now underway at the former Smokehouse Restaurant on East Davis Street.
The eastern end of Davis Street may not be near water but a new restaurant is about to dock. The Davis Street Pier plans its opening next month.
Mike Todd, owner of the Culpeper Cattle Company on East Culpeper Street has taken over the former Smokehouse location on East Davis Street. The new restaurant will specialize in seafood.

Todd bought the former location of The Stable in March of last year, renamed it the Culpeper Cattle Company and began to feature fine barbecue.
However, he said in a phone interview Monday, seafood has also been on his mind.
“When I first came to Culpeper several years ago from North Carolina, I wanted to do seafood,” he said. “Barbecue and seafood are my passions. I was able to open the barbecue restaurant first, but have been keeping my eyes open for the right location for a seafood restaurant.”
Todd said he found such a site in the former Smokehouse and remodeling is well underway so The Davis Street Pier seafood restaurant can open its doors Aug. 1.

“I love looking down Davis Street,” Todd said. “It is a beautiful sight. I love being at the end of Davis Street. Everybody has got to run smack dab into me.”
Alice Schorr, catering manager, said the restaurant will seat 75 to 80 people inside and there will also eventually be an outside deck.
“We have hired a new cook and we will have a full bar,” she said. “Some of the staff will go back and forth between the two restaurants and we will also hire some new people just for The Davis Street Pier. We will have a full catering service and, at some point, live music at least on the weekends.”
Although seafood will be the specialty, there will be other food items on the menu.
“We will have steaks and burgers, appetizers, soups” Todd said. “I never do just one thing.”

Schorr said people who already eat at Culpeper Cattle Company will have an idea of the quality of the food they can expect at Davis Street Pier. She said service, too, will be a major feature of the new restaurant as it is at the Culpeper Cattle Company.
“Mike is so friendly,” she said. “He likes to hug everyone. And he wants to make sure that we meet our goal of always pleasing our guests.”
Culpeper Cattle Company has been catering for the Third Thursday Summer Concerts held near the Depot and feed back has been good, Schorr said.

“And on the 4th of July we were sold out by 1 p.m. at the Cattle Company and had to shut down,” she said. “We will probably have some seafood samples at the Third Thursday in August so people will have an idea of what we will offer at the Davis Street Pier.”
Todd said the Davis Street Pier, like the Culpeper Cattle Company, will focus on good food and a relaxed, informal atmosphere.
“It will be down and dirty, like the barbecue joint,” he said. “I'm just an easy-going guy and I want this to be the type of place where you can wipe crab butter on your pants.”

Info Box
Name: The Davis Street Pier
Owner: Mike Todd
Address: 302 E. Davis St.
Phone: No number as yet; call 727-0008 (Culpeper Cattle Company) for information.
Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

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