Cajun Seafood Eatery Crab Du Jour Takes 7K SF at Coney Island

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Crab Du Jour — a Cajun seafood boil and bar — is opening a new 7,000-square-foot location 3015 Stillwell Avenue in Coney Island, Commercial Observer has learned.

The eatery will occupy 3,500 square feet on the ground floor as well as a 3,500-square-foot rooftop space for a dining and bar area of the one-story building. A representative for the landlord, Thor Equities, declined to comment on the details of the 10-year lease.

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“We are pleased to bring diverse dining and restaurant offerings to the Coney Island community, an iconic Brooklyn community,” Jack Sitt, director of leasing at Thor Equities, said in a statement. The restaurant chain has three locations in lower Manhattan and about 10 in Brooklyn, though it’s unclear when its newest addition will open.

The space was formerly occupied by the first New York City location of Wahlburgers in 2015, the Massachusetts-based burger chain founded by celebrity brothers Mark, Paul and Donnie Wahlberg, as CO reported. 

The iconic, below-average, burger chain’s Coney Island franchise stumbled for years before it permanently closed. The outpost was sued over alleged unpaid overtime wages and tips by five former employees in 2016, People magazine reported. The Coney Island location then closed for “restructuring” in 2017, because it allegedly had not been paying its rent, the New York Post reported. 

Nevertheless, the Coney Island Wahlburgers persisted. It reopened just a few months later in 2018, then closed again for that year’s winter, according to the Brooklyn Paper. It’s unclear when the Wahlburgers location permanently closed.

The property, located between Bowery Street and Stillwell Avenue, includes 40-feet of frontage on the ground level that was built in 2011, according to the real estate data platform PropertyShark.

Thor’s Sam Sabin handled the deal in-house for the landlord. It was not immediately clear who brokered the deal for the tenant. Crab Du Jour did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Celia Young can be reached at cyoung@commercialobserver.com.