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Crabby J's restaurant opening on U.S. 19

Diners will be able to enjoy beer, pool and video games while feasting on everything from burgers to seafood.

By JENNIFER GOLDBLATT

© St. Petersburg Times, published December 5, 2000


PORT RICHEY -- Crabby J's, a 250-seat restaurant featuring a 12-tap bar, pool tables and video games will soon open at the corner of U.S. Highway 19 and Cross Bayou.

Owner Sam Karamountzos plans to open this week. The restaurant, which employs 50 people, will have a menu that ranges from quesadillas and burgers to ribs and seafood.

Crabby J's is a franchise of the Obsidian Group, an Ontario-based franchisor. Obsidian also runs a chain of 14 restaurants called Crabby Joe's in Canada. Neither franchise is affiliated with Crabby Bill's, a chain of five restaurants in Florida.

Karamountzos, who lived in Ontario for 25 years, decided to open the restaurant in Port Richey after vacationing here over 15 years.

"This is a very up-and-coming area with all of the people moving here," Karamountzos said.

He bought the location at 5711 U.S. 19 from Red Lobster in July. Red Lobster had opened at that spot in 1976 as one of the area's first chain restaurant. Red Lobster moved to the location of a former China Coast restaurant in New Port Richey in 1997.

Karamountzos has spent the past 13 years running restaurants in Ontario, including a chain of 15 family style restaurants called Samuel's and a bar and grill called Tiger Jack's.

- Jennifer Goldblatt covers business in Pasco County. She can be reached in west Pasco at 869-6229 or (800) 333-7505, ext. 6229. Her e-mail address is goldblatt@sptimes.com.

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