There’s another seafood restaurant coming to Tupelo.
You may have seen the sign in front of the former Fresh Market Cafe on South Gloster Street that says KRAB KINGZ is coming soon.
Indeed, the franchise is looking to open sometime between May 23-27.
That’ll be about a month or so after the scheduled opening of MADDEN CRAB, which we’ve written about here.
And while at first glance some of the menu seems similar, one of the Krab Kingz partners said the freshness and variety of its offerings will set it apart.
“We think we have a good formula and good product,” Lakisha Holmes Herrera said.
The opening of two seafood restaurants is coincidental however. When the Krab Kingz first began looking around in Tupelo, the future Madden Crab was still Super Hibachi. They thought it would be good to introduce something that Tupelo needed that didn’t have.
But lo and behold, when they returned, Madden Crab was under way.
“We like competition,” said Herrera, whose other partners in the franchise include Phillip Clay and West Point native Mario Ward. “Competition breeds success. ”
The seafood will be domestic, pulled mostly from the Gulf, with no imports, she said.
The menu in the Tupelo store will be similar to the Memphis location. Click here for the Memphis menu.
There’s fried and boiled seafood, as well as pasta, and the menu isn’t as deep and varied as Madden Crab
Krab Kingz got its start in Texas, and today there are seven franchises scattered around, including Memphis and Indianapolis.
The restaurant is menu-only – no buffet – and hours for now will be Thursday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Additional hours may be added if business warrants it, Herrera said.
The Tupelo store will employ eight, and Herrera is currently looking for a manager, lead cook, cashier and servers. A job placement ad will be placed later, she said.