Written by Betsy Abraham Friday, 04 October 2013 00:00
Sharon Williams-McCrimmon is serious about her seafood. So when she heard that a Joe’s Crab Shack was opening in Westbury, she was excited to say the least.
It’s a Joe’s Crab Shack tradition to give free crab for a year to the first 100 people who eat at the restaurant. Over 200 people were lined up when the doors opened for the first time at 11 a.m. on September 24, and Williams-McCrimmon led the way, after waiting since 4:55 p.m. the night before.
“I went to the opening in Riverhead and was number 392, so this time I wanted to at least be in the top 10,” she said. “I couldn’t wait. I love Joe’s. I love the atmosphere and the food is delicious.”
For Jim Mazany, President of Joe’s Crab Shack, opening a location in Westbury has special meaning. He grew up just a few minutes away in East Meadow.
This is the third Joe’s location on Long Island, the other two are in Riverhead and Oceanside. Located at 1195 Corporate Drive in Westbury, Joe’s Crab Shack fits right in with its neighbors— Chili’s, Cozymel’s, and Applebees.
“When you look at Long Island, it’s the perfect place for us to do business as a seafood restaurant,” Mazany said. “Long Islanders know and love seafood. [Joe’s] delivers a great experience of high quality seafood that’s delivered in a high energy, come as you are atmosphere.”
Unlike competitors, Joe’s menu offers a Southern twist on traditional seafood. The company’s Texas roots are showcased in its Gulf influenced cuisine and flavors. Menu choices such as steampots (a steaming metal pot filled to the brim
with the fresh sea fare), crab nachos, and crab cake sandwiches allow diners to enjoy their favorite shellfish with the rich flavors of the Gulf. The Westbury location also features Joe’s new Coastal Comfort Foods menu and seafood lovers
can dine on items such as Southern Fried Maine lobster and BBQ Shrimp.
With the wide range of dining options comes a wide range of prices. Steampots range anywhere from $21 to $42, crab buckets are $24.49 and up, seafood entrées are $15 to $23, and other items on the menu, such as burgers and salads, are around $10.
Besides flavor and a fun environment for diners, Joe’s Crab Shack is also passionate about community service. They have partnered with the national charity, No Kid Hungry, which gives back to the local community. Those who donate to the cause receive vouchers for free appetizers, entrées or kids’ meals.
“We want to make sure we’re an active participant in the community and give back to every one of the communities we have a store in,” Mazany said. “We have a great group of employees that want to do as much as possible to be good citizens. It’s the right thing to do.”