City health inspectors this morning visited and passed The Angry Crab, prompting the owners of the Cajun restaurant and Eater Chicago 38 member to say they will reopen this afternoon. The Chicago Department of Health on Tuesday, Oct. 25 ordered the restaurant closed after it failed an inspection and it had since stayed closed. Violations included keeping perishable food inside a faulty walk-in cooler that wasn’t keeping items cold enough.
Co-owner David Nguyen said the restaurant would reopen at 3 p.m. today: "We want to assure our guests that this was an isolated incident and that we have taken steps to make sure it does not happen again. The safety of our guests are our top priority."
The restaurant failed a re-inspection on Friday, as repairs didn’t fix the problem with the cooler that inspectors found originally. The Angry Crab opened a second restaurant in Wicker Park earlier this year. The original restaurant would routinely see lines flow out of the door with long waiting times.
These were the restaurant’s first failed inspections since opening in spring 2015. Nguyen hopes The Angry Crab can regain his customers’ trusts: "As a young, growing company, we are constantly striving to be the best," he said. "We will work tirelessly to maintain the trust of our community in Chicago and the surrounding suburbs and we understand that great communities are built one connection at a time."