Crabby View

Most Crabby's restaurants on a waterfront, like Crabby's Oceanfront in Daytona Beach, or have a waterfront view, like the new Crabby's Seaside in New Smyrna Beach.

Beachside Hospitality Group has wanted to open one of its signature seafood restaurants in New Smyrna Beach for quite some time.

And soon it will. The St. Petersburg restaurant management company bought the Crow’s Nest Bar & Grille property at 203 S. Atlantic Ave. for $4.2 million.

Beachside Hospitality Group plans to renovate the building, located just south of Flagler Avenue, and open Crabby’s Beachwalk Bar & Grill in early March.

“The location has a great view of the ocean, and the charm of Flagler Avenue – that’s the place to be,” said Beachside Hospitality Group CEO Greg Powers. “Our style, the food we serve, the ambiance, fits perfect for that environment.”

Crabby’s Beachwalk Bar & Grill will be the company’s 10th restaurant, all in Florida. The group opened Crabby’s Oceanside in Daytona Beach in 2019.

The restaurants are known for their seafood and their ocean views. The only Beachside Hospitality Group restaurant not on or across from a beach is Crabby Bill’s St. Cloud, which is situated on a lakeside marina.

The company’s eateries specialize is bairdi crab, the largest snow crab species, as well as royal red shrimp and rock shrimp.

Beachside Hospitality Group plans to upgrade the Crow’s Nest building.

“It needs some charm to it,” Mr. Powers said. “It’s a little bit cold in appearance.”

The company plans to tear out both bars and reconfigure them so guests will have views of the ocean. A second-floor bathroom also will be added.

The New Smyrna Beach restaurant will be the company’s fourth on Florida’s east coast. It also plans to build a companion to Crabby’s Oceanside: Crabby’s Beachside Bar & Bites, which will be next door to Crabby’s Oceanside at 451 S. Atlantic Ave., north of Sun Splash Park, in Daytona.

Crabby’s Beachside Bar & Bites will have a full-service bar and include an outdoor bandstand. It will also include a Sweet Willy’s Ice Cream Shoppe. Mr. Powers hopes to open Bar & Bites by next summer.

“Permitting is extensive on the beach,” he said. “We’re working on engineering approval.”

While many restaurants have struggled to remain open in lieu of inside dining restrictions, Mr. Powers said Beachside Hospitality Group has opened three new restaurants since the Covid-19 outbreak.

The restaurants have indoor as well as outdoor dining areas and the group has strict sanitation standards, Mr. Powers said.

Julia Cassino, the company’s director of marketing and events, said when Beachside Hospitality Group opens a new restaurant, it gets heavily involved in the community.

“We like to dive in,” she said. “We do benefit events for local charities and we make ourselves a staple within the community. We’ve donated almost $100,000 in the last five years in the nine communities we serve.”

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