After vacating their Lincoln Park space in 2014 and then opening and closing a River West restaurant, Cy's King Crab is attempting yet another comeback "soon." After developers failed to make progress on redeveloping the property at Halsted and Willow, ownership brokered a deal to return to the restaurant space at 1816 N. Halsted St.
They made an announcement on their website and also there's a voicemail greeting that verifies those plans saying "we're in the process of reopening." Ald. Michelle Smith's (43rd Ward) office also backs that notion, as does a liquor license application filed with the city spotted by a reader. The walls remain papered up, so any improvements to the interior remain a mystery.
The restaurant's been around for 36 years, so there's some brand loyalty. However, has the game passed by King Crab? Would they tweak the concept to be more like trendy Angry Crab or return with their original menu? Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises has seemingly filled the seafood void in the area by opening Oyster Bah, also on Halsted, a few blocks north of the King Crab location. Stay tuned.