Crab Daddy, a new restaurant in Hagåtña on Marine Corps Drive, is testing its menu with a soft opening this week. Owner Paul Pak said Crab Daddy is a “seafood boil” restaurant. The seafood, which diners can order by the pound, is boiled, with its seasonings, in plastic pouches, and then brought in a bucket straight to the table. “They are able to dig in, right on the table and get messy,” Pak said. Bibs and gloves are provided.
Pak, who grew up on Guam and attended high school and college in the mainland, said he wanted to bring something new to the island.
“Guam did not have it, and I told myself if I was to open something I wanted to bring something Guam did not have,” he said.
Pak’s family is not new to the restaurant business. His brother owns Sushi Rock, which has two locations, and his father is a local entrepreneur with decades of business experience on Guam.
In addition to hearty servings of seafood boils – choices include crab, lobster, crawfish, mussels, shrimp and squid mixed with your choice of corn, red potatoes or Cajun sausages – Crab Daddy offers Louisiana style Po’ Boys and grilled entrees served with rice, veggies and coleslaw.
For something sweet to round out the meal, Crab Daddy has the popular dessert Bingsu: a scoop of ice cream with shaved ice and red beans.
The 3,000-square-foot dining area is decorated to evoke a New Orleans down-home feel, and booths separated by wood dividers give a bit of privacy as diners get to dig in at wax-paper-covered tables.
“It’s more of a casual picnic style theme,” Pak said of the restaurant, which can seat 97 and employs a staff of 30.
Currently open for walk-in diners from noon to 10 p.m., Crab Daddy plans to hold its grand opening at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 26, Pak said.
“We definitely want everyone to come in here and experience the boils and be able to enjoy with their gloves and their bibs on.”