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Original Angry Crab Shut Down After Failing Health Inspection

Owners say they've repaired a walk-in cooler and hope to reopen ASAP

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The Angry Crab on Lincoln has been shut down by Chicago health inspectors.
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The original The Angry Crab in West Rogers Park has been closed since Tuesday after failing a health inspection. The city’s report chronicled problems with the restaurant’s walk-in coolers which, at 53 degrees, weren’t cold enough to store seafood at the mandated 40-degree mark. The problems led to the inspector observing violations like "king crab legs juice dripping onto corn" inside the cooler.

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Angry Crab co-owner David Nguyen said they’ve made repairs to the cooler and await another visit from inspectors so they could reopen, something they hope happens very soon. The closure has given Nguyen and his staff an opportunity to make more improvements, including upgrades to thru-put and reorganizing their kitchen.

"Opening our Wicker Park store from scratch taught us so much and allowed us to create our own kitchen space based around our experiences from crab one," Nguyen texted. "With the change in seasons upon us this seemed like the best timing to go ahead and make the necessary changes to our kitchen space."

Read the city’s full report below. Expect the re-opening very soon.

The Angry Crab

1308 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL, Chicago, IL 60622 (773) 687-9929

The Angry Crab

5665 North Lincoln Avenue, , IL 60659 (773) 784-6848 Visit Website