New Crab Du Jour concept sets sights on Fishtown location formerly home to apocalypse-themed restaurant Mad Rex

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New Crab Du Jour concept sets sights on Fishtown location formerly home to apocalypse-themed restaurant Mad Rex

New Crab Du Jour concept sets sights on Fishtown location formerly home to apocalypse-themed restaurant Mad Rex

By   – Reporter, Philadelphia Business Journal
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Crab Du Jour Fishtown

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Cajun-style seafood chain Crab Du Jour has its sights set on Fishtown with a new location slated to open in the building formerly home to apocalypse-themed concept Mad Rex, which has closed amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

The forthcoming Crab Du Jour restaurant plans to bring components including an oyster bar and indoor and outdoors bars to the 10,000-square-foot space at 1000 Frankford Ave. The lease for the deal was officially signed over the weekend, the owners of the upcoming Fishtown location said Monday via a spokeswoman.

On Tuesday, Jonathan Spoerl, a senior sales associate for Metro Commercial who is representing the property’s ownership Core Realty Inc., said the deal has not been signed. The Crab Du Jour team maintained it anticipates to open at the location.

The eatery, which will feature dishes like king crab, oysters and lobster, is projected to open in the spring. The concept will be helmed by Michelin Star-trained Executive Chef Daniel Brown and General Manager Jeff Schroth. Relying on 50 years’ combined experience in the food and beverage world, the two have teamed up to design the restaurant’s menu.

Crab Du Jour opened its first location in 2019 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The national chain now operates upwards of 30 locations across a 15-state footprint, which includes Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and South Carolina. The brand appears to be doubling in size, with more than three dozen new locations indicated as “coming soon” on its website, including Philadelphia-area locations in Norristown, Whitehall, Cherry Hill and Wilmington.

The chain also operates Philadelphia locations at 822 N. Broad St. and 6234 Bustleton Ave. Crab Du Jour has additional Philly stores forthcoming to the Shoppes at Champlost at 6000 N. Broad St. and Overbook Plaza at 5610 Lancaster Ave.

Crab Du Jour operates a franchise model with all locations independently owned, the spokeswoman said.

The official Mad Rex closure and news from Crab Du Jour come on the heels of the popular Goose Island Brewhouse, which is across the street from Mad Rex, announcing its permanent closure.

 

That block of food, beverage and entertainment businesses is poised to look very different in the near future — a new 35,000-square-foot Brooklyn Bowl entertainment complex is similarly primed to take up residence at 1009 Canal St., neighboring the former Mad Rex location. Brooklyn Bowl is replacing bowling-and-nightclub concept Revolutions.

Also nearby are Philadelphia Distilling, concert venue The Fillmore, and Rivers Casino Philadelphia.

Mad Rex joins Goose Island among the latest restaurants to fold under the significant challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic. The quirky spot was known for its virtual reality lounge and fare ranging from steak and scallops to salads and wings.

Other recent restaurant closures include the storied City Tavern RestaurantContinental Restaurant and Martini Bar, Jamonera, Trattoria Giuseppe in Newtown Square, and Green Soul.

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