The anchor has landed for seafood lovers in Prineville, as the community's newest restaurant opened last week to offer fresh seafood dishes.
The Prineville Crabby's Bar and Grill is the second location for the Oregon Restaurant, with their first eating establishment located in Winchester Bay, which has been openefor approximately three years.
Matt Cleverley, an attorney who works and lives in Prineville, owns and operates the restaurant with his daughter, Txanton. He moved to Prineville from Seattle, Washington, during the initial COVID lockdowns. While working from home in his law practice, he and Chanten were looking for a location for a second Crabby's location.
"We started looking here, and the Ochoco Brewery that was here—we found out it wasn't going to be reopening, and it was a great location. The building is really cool."
He noted that one of the things that they looked for when searching for a location was the pride in ownership from shop owners. He indicated that Prineville checked all the boxes in what they were looking for.
"It was friendly, and everybody felt like it was this budding new city that had been kind of a diamond in the rough and overlooked in a lot of things," he added.
Crabby's offers a fresh seafood menu that includes an assortment of fresh seafood dishes, including shrimp boil, scallops, halibut, oysters, salmon and tuna. There are also signature dishes, such as fish tacos, fish and chips, crab sandwich and crab melt, and signature crab mac and cheese. There is also a kid's menu, refreshing salads, burgers, and of course, steaming hot clam chowder.
"We have transitioned from fast food, fish and chips type thing to much higher-end products. A lot of what we see and what we have now are what you would expect to see at an Anthony's or a much nicer restaurant," explained Cleverley. "What we have done, is we have been able to take those concepts that make it more affordable for people to be able to come in and have the same experience."
He added that they have products that they get straight from Alaska. They also have relationships with some of the fisherman who have boats out of Winchester Bay, and they get many products when they are seasonal.
"We got a different version or different view of what we want. We want fresh, and we want local, and we want it to be as natural as possible. So, when people come in, they know it's not something that has been sitting in somebody's freezer and hasn't been just shipped around different places," Cleverley went on to say. "So, when they come in, all of our products are either sourced locally from local produce when we can, and all the beer that we do is sourced from local distributors. The distilleries we use are Oregon distilleries and Oregon wines. Everything local so that it is in our back yards and supporting the other businesses that are out there."
The restaurant had a soft opening on Oct. 6 and Oct. 7. A high level of excitement was expressed throughout the community as Crabby's prepared to open its doors—filling the space vacated by the iconic and much-loved Ochoco Brewing. They are now open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days per week.
"This is, I think going to a really nice addition down here," he said of the new restaurant. "It's exciting to how excited everybody is around town, that they are getting something new. We are excited to hopefully give people an option."
"Prineville still has got that local flavor of people who like living here. I like it," Cleverley concluded.
Crabby's Bar and Grill
Owned and operated by Chanten and Matt Cleverley
380 N. Main St., Prineville
Hours: Sunday through Saturday: 11 a.m. through 9 p.m.
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