Phillips Seafood Restaurants is closing a historic 66-year-old restaurant

Phillips Seafood Restaurants has closed its iconic location in Ocean City, Maryland, USA.

Phillips Crab House opened 66 years ago, but the company has permanently closed the restaurant, Phillips Seafood CEO Steve Phillips told SeafoodSource.

“As our family has grown, our business interests have grown and we are increasingly investing in other areas outside of the restaurant industry,” Phillips said. “As we move forward, we will continue to build on the strong foundation that our original Crab House location gave us.”

The company remains “firmly rooted in Maryland,” Phillips said, and will “dedicate its resources to supporting its Baltimore restaurant, Baltimore Culinary Center, franchise network, and growing business.” [its] restaurant, retail, club and international trade,” Michelle Torres, Phillips’ director of marketing and business development told SeafoodSource.

In a Facebook post, the Phillips family said the decision to close the restaurant was “extremely difficult”.

“Few restaurants live to see their 50th season, let alone celebrate over 65 years, and our family thanks the incredible team at Crab House for giving the business such longevity,” the Phillips family said in a statement. the message.

Phillips has closed five of its restaurants since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. These include Phillips Seafood locations, a Phillips Seafood Express, and a Souzai Sushi and Sake in Atlantic City, New Jersey; as well as a Phillips Seafood and Steak and Street Carts in Washington, D.C.

Phillips still owns and operates two locations in Baltimore, as well as a host of franchise and licensed partnerships at airports, travel centers and casinos.

Since the start of the pandemic, more than 90,000 restaurants and bars have closedaccording to the Independent Restaurant Coalition, and 82% of independent restaurateurs said they were likely to close permanently if the US Congress did not quickly replenish the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, which was created to help the industry deal with the difficulties caused by the pandemic. .

Photo courtesy of Phillips Seafood Restaurants

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