Crabby’s Bar and Grill is the second to open in Oregon and offers a variety of seafood and great service
The anchor has landed for seafood lovers in Prineville, as the community’s new restaurant opened last week to offer fresh seafood dishes.
Prineville Crabby’s Bar and Grill is the restaurant’s second location in Oregon, with their first dining establishment located in Winchester Bay, which has been open for approximately three years.
Matt Cleverley, a lawyer who works and lives in Prineville, owns and operates the restaurant with his daughter, Txanton. He moved to Prineville from Seattle, Washington during the early COVID lockdowns. While working from home at his law firm, he and Chanten were looking for a location for a second Crabby location.
“We started looking here, and the Ochoco brewery that was here – we found out it wasn’t going to reopen, and it was a great location. The building is really cool.”
He noted that one of the things they look for when scouting for a location is pride of ownership from store owners. He indicated that Prineville ticked all the boxes in what they were looking for.
“It was friendly, and everyone felt like it was this fledgling new town that had been kind of a diamond in the rough and overlooked in a lot of things,” he added.
Crabby’s offers a fresh seafood menu that includes an assortment of fresh seafood dishes including boiled shrimp, scallops, halibut, oysters, salmon, and tuna. There are also signature dishes, such as fish tacos, fish and chips, crab sandwich and crab melt, and crab macaroni and cheese. There’s also a kids’ menu, refreshing salads, burgers and, of course, hot clam chowder.
“We’ve moved from fast food, fish and chips type to much more upmarket items. Much of what we see and what we have now is what you would expect to see in an Anthony’s or in a much nicer restaurant,” Cleverley explained. . “What we’ve done is we’ve been able to take these concepts that make it more affordable for people to be able to come in and have the same experience.”
He added that they have products that they source directly from Alaska. They also have relationships with some fishermen who have boats in Winchester Bay, and they get a lot of produce depending on the season.
“We have a different version or a different take on what we want. We want fresh, and we want local, and we want it to be as natural as possible. So when people walk in, they know it’s not It’s not something that’s been sitting in someone’s freezer and just been shipped off to different places,” Cleverley continued. “So when they come in, all of our products are sourced locally when we can, and all the beer we make is sourced from local distributors. The distilleries we use are Oregon distilleries and wines from Oregon. All local so he’s in our backyards and supporting the other businesses that are there.”
The restaurant had a soft opening on October 6 and 7. A high level of excitement was expressed throughout the community as Crabby’s prepared to open its doors, filling the space vacated by the iconic and much-loved Ochoco Brewing. They are now open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.
“It’s, I think, a really nice addition here,” he said of the new restaurant. “It’s exciting to see how excited everyone is in town, that they’re getting something new. We’re excited to hopefully give people an option.”
“Prineville still has that local flavor of people who love living here. I love that,” Cleverley concluded.
Crabby’s Bar and Grill
Owned and operated by Chanten and Matt Cleverley
380 Main Street North, Prineville
Hours: Sunday to Saturday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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