In a surprise revival, Catchers Fish House is well on its way to relaunching its menu of Cajun and California-inspired fried dishes on the westside after closing its original, smaller location at the eastside’s Commercial Center late last year. Catchers moves into a 2,000-square-foot corner space at the Charleston Festival retail hub, close to Torrey Pines Drive and previously occupied by shuttered dim sum restaurant ChiAm.
The restaurant boldly declares that it served the “best fish and chips on the planet.” The first incarnation of the fish house specialized in red snapper and catfish, plus a full menu including fish tacos, po-boys, popcorn shrimp, baskets of hand-breaded fish, and lollipop chicken wings, built around a secret family recipe. It was also an early local source for a Nashville hot sandwich, upgraded with the restaurant’s own flaming sauce that could be added to any menu item.
Catchers expects to be open daily for lunch and dinner once it debuts later this fall. The retail center is already home to Grouchy John’s Coffee, recent arrival Blue Hen Chicken Co., and newcomer Burnin’ Mouth from Oxnard, California, still on its way, replacing a 2,340-square-foot Chipotle location. Burnin’ Mouth’s casual sandwich menu will feature sweet and spicy Korean fried chicken, prepared Nashville-style, and promised to be the hottest chicken ever made.