Grand Opening Celebrations at Crabby Joe's Pickering
Saturday May 5, 2012 was an auspicious day for two local sisters-in-law as they had a few friends over to celebrate the grand opening of their new joint-endeavour; Congratulations to Brenda and Tina on the Official Grand Opening of Crabby Joe’s Pickering!
The event was marked with a daylong celebration kicking off with a ribbon cutting ceremony preformed by Pickering’s Mayor Dave Ryan, Deputy Mayor Doug Dickerson and Councillors Jennifer O’Connell, David Pickles and Kevin Ashe. Guests were treated to live entertainment, cake, light refreshments, select menu samplings as well as many give-aways of gift cards and Crabby Joe’s swag bags.
Crabby Joe’s, a Canadian restaurant, originated in London, Ontario and is part of the Obsidian Group of restaurants which includes Coffee Cultures and Union Burger. Most of the Crabby Joe’s GTA locations are in the west end making Pickering the furthest east city location with Port Perry being the next closest in a township. “Crabby’s is a new and upcoming chain, so I think we will see a lot more coming,” predicts Tina. “We were originally going to open a Coffee Cultures and then during the training, it was decided we would go with Crabby Joe’s,” Tina explains the power and potential the brand had that after 5 years of researching different chains Brenda and Tina decided on Crabby Joe’s, “This one just suited us.”
Crabby Joe’s boasts an eclectic menu in a sleek but rustic modern atmosphere of comfortable booths and tables. Tina describes the establishment; “Crabby’s is a sports bar/family restaurant - it is a tap and grill. We do show every sport possible. We have 10 televisions – three 65” screens at the bar – and we have a real nighttime sports crowd. On the weekends; on Sundays, we have ‘kids eat free’ and that brings in a lot of families. There is something here for everybody.” Employing approximately 45 staff, Crabby Joe’s recommends reservations for large parties but does limit the reservations in order to accommodate walk-in traffic. In order to expedite the lunch rush, patrons are able to download a pre-order form from the website and fill it in ahead of time. This allows the staff to get a large lunch party in and out in under an hour which the business crowd really appreciates.
When business owners take a key role in running the business, it shows in the quality of service and the care the staff has for the customers. Tina puts it best when she explains how she and Brenda want their customers to feel coming to Crabby Joe’s Pickering: “Even though there is a franchise name over this building, there are two women here that took a chance and opened up a restaurant and have tried to give a really good, safe and fun environment for someone to come and have dinner whether you be 5 or you are 95. There’s something here for everyone and we try to make everyone feel comfortable so that they can come back and identify with Brenda and me – not just Crabby Joe’s, but that they know the owners, because we spend a lot of time here, and we never want it to be just Crabby Joe’s. We want it to be Brenda and Tina’s place.” Drop by for lunch or dinner and say hi to Brenda and Tina – there’s nothing crabby about Crabby Joe’s Pickering!
780 Kingston Road
Pickering, ON L1V 0C5
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