Under a new name, Half Shell Seafood House opens in a new location on University Parkway today.
Formerly the Half Shell Oyster House, the Mississippi-based restaurant moved from Main Street in Sarasota to Manatee County, at 5231 University Parkway in the former Red Elephant Pizza space.
The new name reflects Half Shell's offerings beyond oysters, including new items to the menu such as king crabs, snow crabs and lobster.
The menu still features favorites such as char-broiled oysters, fried green tomato crab cakes, Po Boys, shrimp & grits and gumbo.
The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and is open until 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturdays. Sunday hours are from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Sarasota location opened in January 2012.
Half Shell joins other restaurants that have looked to capitalize on East County’s growth, moving or expanding from Sarasota County, including Tandoor Fine Indian Cuisine, Valentino Pizzeria Trattoria and Apollonia Mediterranean Grill — all in the Shoppes at University Town Center.