Another new seafood restaurant is headed to the area, this time a Hampton Roads-based chain that’s looking to take its first bite of the Richmond market.
Twisted Crab plans to open in Chesterfield Towne Center in the 5,000-square-foot space formerly occupied by Genghis Grill. It will be across from a Five Guys at the mall’s southeast entrance.
The chain, which has locations in Chesapeake, Hampton, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Newport News, and Fort Myers, Florida, expects to open in Chesterfield in four to six months.
Twisted Crab owner Jin Gao said he’s following customer demand in opening his first outpost in the area.
“I got a lot of customers that come from Richmond and Williamsburg,” Gao said. “They drive down here and they say you should open one in Richmond.”
The Cajun chain serves crabs, shrimp, mussels, crawfish, lobster and wings. The menu includes boil combos and fried seafood baskets.
The restaurant is expected to have 20 to 30 employees and be able to seat 200 diners. Gao said he plans to invest $500,000 to renovate the space, which was left vacant by Genghis Grill in 2019.
Thalhimer’s Dean Martin represented Twisted Crab in its lease.
Twisted Crab comes amid the pending launch of other new seafood concepts in town, such as King Crab, which is planning a soft opening at Willow Lawn Thursday, and The Boiling Crab, which plans to open on Broad Street across from the Sauer Center later this year.