UPDATE: Crab Station will open Saturday, September 15, per the restaurant's Facebook page.
A crabby local restaurant chain is creeping into Fort Worth. Crab Station will open its fourth location at 2701 Bello Hill, #131, in North Fort Worth.
Cajun-themed crab-centric restaurants have been all the rage around DFW, with names like Crab Shack, Ragin' Crab, Rocking Crab, and Boiling Crab.
Crab Station was a relative newcomer, founded by restaurateur Martin Doan, who opened the first location opening in northeast Dallas in 2015.
He followed that with locations in Carrollton and Arlington, which opened in 2017.
"In 2012, my wife and I started a small cafe in Southeast Arlington," Doan says on his website. "While running the business, my wife was pregnant and always had a craving for crawfish and crab legs. That when the different seafood concoctions began."
It wasn't his intent to open a seafood restaurant, he says. "But I started to find that friends and family grew addicted to the flavors they were experiencing," he says. "I then added it to our menu at our small cafe."
He was approached by a patron who wanted to partner, and that's how Crab Station was born.
The menus at all locations are mostly the same. They're noted for crawfish and other shellfish, and for their expert mix of Cajun spices. They do boiled and fried seafood, including a series of "sacks," crawfish-boil-style, combining seafood with potato, corn, and sausage.
An oyster bar includes oysters delivered in a half dozen treatments including on the half shell, Rockefeller, firecracker style with smoked Gouda, and ceviche.
Sides include corn, Cajun potatoes, dirty rice, sweet potatoes, and sausage. Appetizers include crab claws, shrimp cocktail, calamari, gumbo, seafood chowder, and edamame.
Crab Station also has a full bar with happy hour specials Monday-Friday from 12-6 pm.
Doan is an industrious entrepreneur who also owns Orchid City in Arlington, which was the first in DFW to offer trendy rolled ice cream.