Krab Queenz, a popular Louisiana-based seafood chain, will open its first NYC restaurant in the former Harlem Olive Garden on 125th Street.
HARLEM, NY — A Southern seafood chain known for buttery shrimp, crab and crawfish will open its first New York City location in the heart of Harlem.
Krab Queenz Seafood is taking over the former Olive Garden restaurant space at 100 West 125th St.: the five-story building on the corner of Malcolm X Boulevard that also includes Whole Foods Market and Raymour & Flanigan.
Founded in Baton Rouge, La. in 2017, Krab Queenz has since expanded across the Southeast with restaurants in Houston, Atlanta, Hattiesburg and Jackson, Miss. — propelled by its sizable following on social media.
Its arrival in New York City came via a six-year sublease in the 10,500-square-foot Harlem space, according to Commercial Observer, which first reported on the opening.
“Harlem is the Black mecca of the world and as an African American woman I thought it would be a great move for the brand,” Krab Queenz CEO Tonique Clay told Commercial Observer.
The restaurant will open in the second quarter of 2022. Besides its signature butter sauce, Krab Queenz is noted for its mixed daiquiri drinks.
“The recovery of the hospitality sector is in full force, and second-generation space has been in high demand,” said Craig Slosberg, senior managing director of Newmark Retail, which brokered the sublease, in a statement.
“It is a great solution for brands that are new to the area, allowing them to test the market with a lower initial investment.”
The restaurant space is still owned by Darden Restaurants, the parent company of Olive Garden, which closed its 125th Street business before the pandemic.