Back in August I received word of a short New York Times article that mentioned (without embellishment) that a new restaurant called something along the lines of "Crab's Pot" would be opening in the space last occupied by PSbklyn, and before that Bussaco, on Union Street just west of Seventh Avenue. That restaurant, actually called The Crab Spot, has been under construction for a few months now and should be opening within a couple weeks.
I had a chance yesterday to sit down with the restaurant's chef, Ignat Kostov (who was previously chef at Flatbush Avenue's Piquant), and he filled me in on all the details.
The Crab Spot is owned by two brothers, Steve and Alex, whose are related to the owners of Brighton Beach boardwalk standby Volna (there's no connection between the two restaurants, though. It'll be "a casual restaurant with casual prices" according to Kostov, with a menu focused on (you guessed it) crab. Lobster and Dungeness, King, and Snow Crabs will all be shipped directly from Alaska with no middleman to keep prices down, and they'll be served in creative combinations out of pots brought directly to the table. "We'll have a wide variety of combo pots with all different types of seafood, and it'll be a lot of fun," said Kostov, who's been a chef in the city for over 12 years."Most shellfish is overpriced and fried. Ours will be healthy and affordable."
It's certainly a novel concept, and a completely unique style of restaurant for the neighborhood (Kostov told me that a custom freezer was built in the basement to keep the shellfish on ice during the off-season). This space has been home to several failed restaurants in recent years, but this approach will most likely bring plenty of curious townsfolk. They've removed the odd barrier that PSbklyn's owners installed between the front and back rooms (as well as the child-centric theme), and now it's just a large space with a bar, plenty of booths and tables, and a vaguely nautical theme to go along with mural-painted faux-brick.
The liquor license has already been acquired (it came with the space), and the first shipment of shellfish will be arriving on December Fifth. They hope to be open by then.