Conch Republic Rocketts, a Key West inspired waterfront restaurant, is just minutes from downtown Richmond but miles from the day to day. Our menu features Island and Cajun inspired dishes including crowd pleasing appetizers, mouthwatering entrees, Key Lime Pie and other homemade desserts, and an extensive island drink list. Our 6,000 square foot floorplan has indoor and outdoor seating, Tiki Lounge and open-air bar. The view offers a stunning cityscape: boats in the Rocketts Landing marina, wildlife including bald eagles and herons, and stunning sunsets. Open in 2011, Conch is the newest venture for Bob Cox, who has over 19 years’ experience owning and operating independent restaurants in the City of Richmond.
“We Seceded Where Others Failed”
Our name has an interesting history. The “Conch Republic” was established by secession of the Florida Keys from the United States on April 23, 1982. At the time, citizens of the Keys were up in arms about a U.S. Border Patrol blockade set up on Highway U.S. 1, the only road to and from the mainland from the Keys. When protests of the blockade were unsuccessful, Key West Mayor Dennis Wardlow proclaimed secession from the U.S. and named the Conch Republic an independent nation by breaking a loaf of stale Cuban bread over the head of man dressed in a U.S. Navy uniform. After one minute of rebellion, the now Prime Minister Wardlow surrendered to Union forces and demanded $1 billion in foreign aid and war relief for the Conch Republic. Since the secession, residents of the Keys proudly consider themselves dual citizens, at once both American and Conch.
“Change your Attitude without Changing your Latitude”
Join us for a casual night out, an intimate dinner for two, or with your large party. And check out our events page for our live music schedule. Can’t wait to see you at Conch!