I’ve always been curious to learn more about this place, but it seems like every time I’m in the area or driving by it was closed. I decided it was time to find out more about it so I reached out to the manager and officially scheduled my visit. The building where Crab E’s stands today has a long and storied history in this area. It’s been an auto repair shop, it was a front for bootlegging illegal liquor during prohibition in the early 1900’s, and it’s been several different eateries. The property the old building stands on is part of the Stan Mayfield Working Waterfronts Forever grant program. This grant acknowledges the importance of traditional seafood harvesting in Florida. The grant funds were used to acquire parcels of land to be directly used for the purpose of commercial harvest of marine or saltwater organisms by state licensed commercial fisherman, thus made it a perfect location for a seafood market. “Crab E” Bill Tiedge, opened the market and restaurant as we know it today back in 2011. Sadly, he passed away in September 2019, but his family plans to keep the place open and his dream alive!
Now let’s jump right in and see what this place has to offer and what I had to eat!
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