Crab Du Jour opened in Delran Monday, at 4000 Route-130. Customers came for the restaurant’s Cajun-style seafood.
DELRAN — Crab Du Jour opened for business Monday, and residents were excited about having a new seafood option in the area.
The seafood chain, which also has a location in Pennsauken, opened at 4000 Route 130.
The 6,000-square foot, 60-plus parking spot property was most recently home to a Chili’s location, but that closed about three years ago, according to Jeffrey Schroth, the general manager of the Delran Crab Du Jour.
With so much space to work with operator Sam Liu built his new restaurant as a seafood-sports bar hybrid. He wanted to maximize the building’s seating capacity of 226 people, and on Monday, after opening at 11:30, Crab Du Jour saw a steady flow to both the bar and dining area.
Crab Du Jour is known for its Cajun style that uses certain seasonings, like cayenne pepper and garlic, to spice up dishes.
There are not many seafood restaurants in the Delran area, patrons said. And there are not any that use the Cajun style, they added. They mentioned the Red Lobster across Route 130 as the only other nearby seafood option.
“All the good crab houses are in Philadelphia,” said Tory Gibilisco, a Delran resident. “But I’m not going across the bridge when I got something right down the street from me now, and it’s good.”
“I saw it opened and I thought I’d give it a shot,” said Alex Topoh, a Willingboro resident. “The crab bisque was wonderful.”
“I’ll come back and try something else,” he added. “Definitely.”