RIVIERA BEACH, Florida – There is a great effort to bring a historic waterfront restaurant back to the town of Riviera Beach.
Council members will vote Wednesday night on a plan to rebuild the popular Crab Pot restaurant.
“It was something people were looking forward to going. It was our seafood restaurant. It was our red lobster, and now that it’s gone, people want it back.” said Artie Williams, who is supporting the restaurant’s reconstruction.
In the 1970s and 1990s, the Crab Pot was known for having some of the best seafood in town, as well as great views of the water.
It was located under the Blue Heron Bridge until the restaurant was demolished. The building suffered extensive damage after the hurricane seasons of 2004 and 2005, but the intention was still to rebuild.
Longtime residents have said there is a desperate need for waterfront dining options in the city.
They said the reconstruction would not only provide a unique experience, but also help boost the local economy and create much-needed jobs and opportunities in Riviera Beach.
“That’s just the idea you need. We don’t have a red lobster in Riviera. We don’t have anything on Broadway to entice us to go out for a meal, which I call affordable,” said Dan Calloway, who supports the reconstruction of the restaurant.
However, some people are concerned that the return of the restaurant will cause heavy traffic, waste issues and loud noise.
The city council meeting is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Marina Village Event Center.
If the restaurant’s sitemap is approved, the project developer said he would finally be able to go ahead and begin the approval process.