Yummy Crab, a Cajun-inspired seafood restaurant, is coming to Spokane

Yummy Crab, a chain of Cajun-inspired seafood restaurants, is expanding to the Pacific Northwest with its first location in Spokane.

Yummy Crab owner Lee Zhang signed a lease with Spokane-based Goodale & Barbieri for a 4,000 square foot space at 1723 N. Division St.

Renovations will soon be underway to convert the space, formerly occupied by Burger King, into Yummy Crab, which is expected to open in about three months, Zhang said.

Zhang owns five Yummy Crab restaurants in North Carolina, Michigan, Iowa and Illinois.

Spokane’s absence of a Cajun-inspired seafood restaurant sparked the decision to bring the Yummy Crab concept to Lilac City, Zhang said.

“I have friends in Spokane, that’s why I know this city and decided to open a new Cajun seafood restaurant here,” he said. “I don’t see anyone who has that kind of restaurant in Spokane.”

Yummy Crab specializes in boiled seafood combinations that combine mussels, crab, clams, shrimp, lobster tail and crayfish with corn on the cob, eggs and potatoes, Zhang said.

Customers can customize the seafood porridges with garlic butter, lemon pepper, and Cajun sauce, and select a spice level from mild to very hot.

Yummy Crab also offers fried seafood and chicken baskets and a variety of entrees including popcorn shrimp, oysters, hush puppies, onion rings and fries.

Yummy Crab’s Spokane location will also serve beer and wine, Zhang said.

Zhang plans to employ 15 people at the restaurant.

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