Restaurant chain, offering cajun seafood and ‘Southern charm,’ opening first Lehigh Valley location
A growing national restaurant chain is hoping to reel in seafood lovers in Whitehall Township.
Crab Du Jour, offering cajun seafood and “Southern charm” marked by a friendly, welcoming atmosphere, is expected to open its first Lehigh Valley location within the next few months at 1053 Grape St., near Army & Navy, according to a news release from Colliers International’s Allentown office, which brokered the deal and represented the landlord.
The chain, with 58 independently owned and operated locations either open or coming soon in 12 states, offers “delicious home-style seafood with generous portions,” according to the company’s website.
“We’re cooking up crab, crawfish, calamari, and lobster in the kitchen, made fresh daily,” a message on the chain’s website reads. “Not into shellfish? Try our Cajun rice, chicken tenders, and other flavorful menu options.”
Crab Du Jour specializes in custom seafood boils, where customers pick their catch (clams, crawfish, black mussel, green mussel, shrimp, Dungeness crab, lobster, snow crab leg, king crab leg, lobster tail or blue crab), seasoning (original cajun, garlic butter, dry – Old Bay only, lemon pepper, Du Jour special or plain) and spice level (mild, medium or hot).
The boils are boiled in Crab Du Jour’s secret spices and served in a bag to preserve the flavors. Each pound comes with potato and corn-on-the-cob.
“Our signature Cajun-style low country boil is a feast for seafood lovers and perfect for casual dining,” a message on the chain’s website reads. “We make our own seasoning to create a unique arrangement of flavors.”
Other menu highlights include appetizers such as fried calamari, hush puppies, and steamed oysters; baskets such as fried catfish, oyster and shrimp; and sides such as sausage, sweet potato fries, and steamed rice.
The Whitehall restaurant, replacing the former Joey G’s Italian Kitchen, will occupy a 2,000-square-foot space adjacent to the Whitehall Mall on an established restaurant corridor that features other chains such as Buffalo Wild Wings, Longhorn Steakhouse, Red Lobster and The Olive Garden.
Its opening is slated for early 2021 or sooner, pending any COVID-19 rules set in place by the state, according to the release.
The forthcoming restaurant will bring the Grape Street property to 100% occupancy, following the opening of Valley Nail salon in the former HoneyBaked Ham space earlier this summer.
“Colliers has now successfully filled two long standing vacancies, despite a particularly tumultous year for retail,” said Seth Lacey, who brokered the deal for Colliers. “Crab Du Jour was represented by Lip Fei Jiang with Chibeca Real Estate.”