A seafood restaurant called Krabby Daddy’s is expected to officially open Sept. 15 at 120 Mississippi Ave. in Crystal City, but people can get a preview of what’s to come during the Twin City Days festivities, said Mike Perez, 41, of Crystal City, one of the restaurant owners.
“During the Friday (Sept. 6) of Twin City Days, we’re going to have a seafood boil on the cobblestone from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.,” he said. “We’ll have cracked snow crab, shrimp, corn on the cob. We’ll have potatoes. We’ll have sausage. We have three kinds of butter (garlic honey, garlic lemon pepper or Cajun). You get to pick.”
Mississippi Avenue will be closed to traffic during the Cobblestone Celebration.
Perez and his wife, Heather, own Krabby Daddy’s, which will open next door to the Crystal Tavern, which the two have owned for about a year and a half.
He said Krabby Daddy’s will offer a limited menu from Saturday, Sept. 7, through the official opening date.
“We will be open in between Sept. 6 and the official opening Sept. 15,” Perez said. “There will be specials each day with one or two items we’ll be serving.”
He said Krabby Daddy’s will bring in “most of our seafood from the East Coast. We’ll offer live lobster Thursday and Friday nights and it will be directly flown in from Maine.”
In addition to the crab, shrimp, lobster and crawfish dishes on the menu, the restaurant also will serve non-seafood options.
“We have amazing burgers,” he said. “We’ll also offer salads, soups and macaroni and cheese.”
Other menu items include gumbo, eggs and French fries, as well as alcoholic beverages.
Perez anticipates one item will turn out to be a customer favorite.
“Crab legs,” he said.
Perez said Krabby Daddy’s may not appear large from the street, but has plenty of space for diners.
“We have a seating capacity of 80 inside, plus seating for another 30 on our patio (in back),” he said. “The restaurant is about 2,800 square feet.”
He said he has a “rent-to-own” deal on the building.
Perez will run Krabby Daddy’s with a staff of 18.
Its hours of operation will be 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sundays.
Perez said he could have opened Krabby Daddy’s in a higher-traffic area, but thought Mississippi Avenue could use a family dining establishment.
“What inspired me to do this is I wanted to bring something to the (Mississippi Avenue) cobblestone,” he said. “I wanted the feeling of a hometown community, where everybody could come and take pride in it.
“I’m so excited. I envision it as a place where kids can walk to with their parents.”
Perez said no smoking will be allowed in the restaurant.
He also said his tavern will soon be smoke-free.
“Crystal Tavern will be going completely nonsmoking on Sept. 6,” he said.