The Angry Crab Shack began in Mesa, AZ in November 2013 as the brainchild of former nfl player and longtime restaurant owner Ron Lou who saw a need for a fun, affordable, high quality seafood restaurant and set out to fill that void. Using his 35+ years’ experience purchasing and serving live seafood, he began offering a wide variety of seafood options in a “boil bag” as well as other seafood and non-seafood offerings. Before long, the “Angry Crab Shack” was a sensation. Seafood lovers from near and far found their way to a local Angry Crab Shack to experience their outstanding food, personalized service, and genuine hospitality.
Menu items include tasty appetizers including clam strips, hush puppies, calamari and angry edamame (spiced with creole seasoning of course). They also carry soups and salads for those trying to keep to the lighter side of things, and of course the stuff you’d come to expect….catfish, gator nuggets, crispy shrimp and more. One unique item you’ll see on the menu is “Phoenix Children’s Hospital Fries.” Angry Crab Shack has partnered with Phoenix Children’s Hospital and is donating a portion of each purchase of PCH menu items to the hospital. PCH is a non-profit hospital, and is able to do the work they do with the generous support of the local community. Last year alone, PCH treated over 135,000 patients, and within five years, 1 in 4 Arizona children will have received care from a Phoenix Children’s provider.
Angry Crab Shack is an incredible success in the Arizona market, and this family favorite restaurant is showing no signs of stopping their growth. They currently have seven locations in the valley including Mesa, Ahwatukee, Phoenix, Goodyear, Peoria and Tucson. The brand is expanding quickly, with new locations coming to Happy Valley Town Center, as well as 32nd St. and Bell. They are targeting other areas throughout Arizona as well, including Yuma and Surprise. Angry Crab Shack aims to have 100 locations open and operating by 2023. They attribute their growth to the growing trend of Millennials, the largest living generations, spending a sizeable portion of their income on dining out – nearly double that of Baby Boomers.