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Shells Seafood back in Brandon

Shells Restaurant at 7081 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach. Pictured is the Shrimp Pasta ($12.99). A generous portion of marinated shrimp and linguini tossed with fresh garlic, olive oil, California white wine and fresh cream. (STORY SUMMARY: Once there were more than 40 Shells Seafood restaurants dotting the land. They fell on hard times, the patriarch passed away. And now they're back. Well, three of them are. This is a straight-up, honest seafood place with a lot of early -birders and nothing you haven't seen before on the menu. They do cheap drink specials and cheap lobster specials some nights.

DIRK SHADD | Times

Shells Restaurant at 7081 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach. Pictured is the Shrimp Pasta ($12.99). A generous portion of marinated shrimp and linguini tossed with fresh garlic, olive oil, California white wine and fresh cream. (STORY SUMMARY: Once there were more than 40 Shells Seafood restaurants dotting the land. They fell on hard times, the patriarch passed away. And now they're back. Well, three of them are. This is a straight-up, honest seafood place with a lot of early -birders and nothing you haven't seen before on the menu. They do cheap drink specials and cheap lobster specials some nights.

This time around there will be no nationwide expansion plans, no initial public offering and no need for pre-made food.

According to John Christen, whose father, also named John, founded Shells in South Tampa back in 1985, he and his wife Jessica are bringing back the popular seafood restaurant to Brandon with one primary focus.

"Brandon always did real well for us," Christen said. "Our basic idea is to get back to basics: fresh ingredients and food made when you order it. We've got to focus on the food."

Shells, which enjoyed a 25-year following in Brandon before the company closed all corporate locations in 2008, is set to re-open at the same location, 115 E Brandon Blvd., on Nov. 15. The Dale Mabry restaurant celebrated 30 years in existence this year and the brand expanded to the University of South Florida area in 2012 and St. Pete Beach last year.

The Brandon location will be the fourth for Shells, which once had 45 restaurants throughout the United States. Christen said Shells plans to remain a Tampa Bay-area dining option only.

Guests who remember the shrimp pasta that put Shells on the map, will be happy to know that the menu will still include the same core recipes it always offered since the beginning.

New additions alongside the blackened catfish and clam chowder include jambalaya and salmon Felix — all made once you place your order.

The floors are new in the building that housed Stingray's Grill and, most recently Tadpoles. Enjoy happy hour daily from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and all day Sunday.

Shells is accepting applications for all positions Mondays through Thursdays from noon to 4 p.m. through Oct. 29. Visit facebook.com/shellsseafoodbrandon for updates.

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Shells Seafood back in Brandon 10/21/15 [Last modified: Friday, October 23, 2015 5:07pm]
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