‘Crab Pot’ may not be the name of Rivera Beach’s new restaurant

Developers looking to build a high-end restaurant on the old plot “Crab Pot” in Riviera Beach secured a 4-1 win to move forward Wednesday night at the city council meeting.

The project has received support from many area business owners, but residents of the nearby condo building have expressed concerns about parking and safety.

While the Crab Pot once stood on a patch of land that had to be passed under the Blue Heron Bridge to reach it, it fell asleep after damage from tropical storms in 2004 and 2005.

The condo was to be rebuilt according to the original development plans for the area.

Supporters of reconstruction said they had every right to do so, but opponents of Marina Grande, the neighboring condominium, said they didn’t want it in their neighborhood.

“Every time you went there, you knew everyone,” said Deb Wagner, a longtime waitress at the Brass Ring Pub in North Palm Beach, who misses the Crab Pot. “Amazing place, great memories when they fell. It was so sad, so sad.”

And the developers want to restore it to its former glory.

“A place for everyone, it was a place for everyone, and you could come in and have a beer or a burger and it was affordable, and that’s the kind of thing we’re going to recreate,” said said developer Raymond Graziotto of Seven Kings Holdings, Inc.

“We need a place like this because it’s not a Red Lobster. Let’s have our Crab Pot,” said Riviera Beach resident Dan Calloway.

“We have nowhere to go here Riviera Beach,” a Riveria Beach resident said at Wednesday night’s city council meeting.

Residents of this condo next to the store, which locals call the condiment building because of its ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise staining, say “not so fast.”

“The restaurant doesn’t fit in this 0.35 acre place,” Marina Grande condo resident Marybeth Kofer said at a Rivera Beach City Council meeting on Wednesday.

“I mean we’re concerned about resale values, concerned about quality of life, concerned about safety. One of the reasons we moved to this location is for serenity, quality of life and safety. And all of that is going to be disrupted,” Marina Grande resident Daniel McGilvery said.

Others in the condo disagree.

“Win-win for the Marina community, Marina Grande, as an added amenity and for the town in terms of economic development,” a condo resident said at Wednesday’s meeting.

“I just think this will be a welcome addition to Rivera Beach,” said another condo owner.

“There’s a handful of people in this building, and that’s really what I think it is, it’s a [vocal] a super minority of people who are just, you know, not interested in having something new in their backyard,” Graziotto said.

The Rivera Beach City Council asked the developer to make concessions with the residents of the condo.

“Close the restaurant at certain times, we’ll make sure we don’t have live music beyond a certain time of day…” Graziotto said.

Some said condo residents should expect disruptions from the restaurant.

“The Crab Pot was there. It’s nothing new. It was there before they built the new condo right behind it,” Calloway said.

There are restaurants like Rafiki Tiki at the Rivera Beach Marina that are near the water here in Riviera Beach, but the Crab Pot developer said that would be the only restaurant on the water.

“You don’t have a waterfront restaurant that you can look at today and say it’s in my town. This is your chance,” said Michael Kennedy, president of Marine Industries of Palm Beach. County.

“We’re the best waterfront town without a waterfront restaurant on the continent. That doesn’t make sense to me,” said Tamara Fitzgerald, owner of Venue Marketing Group.

While plans are to move forward with an upscale restaurant. It was discovered on Wednesday evening that the new restaurant may not be able to use the name “Crab Pot”.

Ryan Cordero is the owner of the Old Key Lime House and whose family owned the original Crab Pot.

“I had no idea, no contact was made with me or my family in any way about it,” Cordero said. “What they’re trying to do here is not the Crab Pot. This will never be a Crab Pot period. My family is the Crab Pot.”

Despite its name, locals say the nostalgic spot is the real draw.

“I think a lot of people would end up going back there to catch up with old friends. I’ll go there every day after work,” Wagner said.

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