Leesburg’s new crab house will make its downtown debut on America’s birthday.
Captain Catoctin’s Crabs & Concoctions co-owners Nils Schnibbe and David Miller announced Tuesday that the restaurant will open to the public July 4, just in time for those hungry post-parade crowds.
The duo announced their restaurant plans earlier this year, and have spent the past several months making some town-mandated improvements to the 14 Loudoun St. SE space. They will open with a lighter menu, with, of course, Maryland blue crabs a major focus. Schnibbe and Miller will take turns making the four-hour round trip trek to the Eastern Shore in Maryland every other day to make sure the freshest crabs are available for their dining audience. Schnibbe said the restaurant will also have daily specials, and will add more to the menu as time goes on.
The restaurant space can accommodate 150 people on the ample-sized outside porch, including a soon-to-be erected gazebo bar. There will be live music every weekend, Schnibbe said, for patrons to enjoy. Indoor seating can accommodate 42 people. Twenty staff members have been hired in advance of the opening, with more likely to be added.
“It’s a long road behind us and we’re super excited to be opening next week,” Schnibbe said.
The restaurant hours will be: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturdays; and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. A brunch menu will also be offered on Saturdays and Sundays. The restaurant will be closed on Mondays.
For more information, go to the Captain Catoctin’s Crabs & Concoctions Facebook page.