After fire, restaurant to open in old Pizza Hut building

Crabby Patty’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar has a new location in Havelock.

After a fire Sept.1 essentially destroyed the decade-old restaurant building at 916 East Main St., owners George and Pat Aswad have decided to open the business at 411 West Main St., site of the old Pizza Hut next to Subway.

“As of for right now it is going to be temporary,” George Aswad said of the location.

The business will be owned by the couple’s daughter Jennifer Aswad and is expected to be open around Oct. 12.

The entire 2,520 square-foot building, built in 1978, is being revamped.

“We’re doing everything brand new,” said George Aswad. “We’re painting, changing all the light fixtures. We’ve already painted the outside. We’re bringing in all brand new equipment in there. We’re actually starting from scratch.”

It isn’t clear how many people will be employed there.

“We haven’t even figured that out yet. We’ve just been so busy trying to get everything going,” said George Aswad.

The restaurant celebrated its 10-year anniversary this year, and he said the family wanted to keep the restaurant in Havelock because residents have treated them so well.

“We like Havelock and we didn’t want to move out of Havelock with the restaurant,” he said. “We’ve going to do very well and we’ve very happy to be there. We’re very happy we made that decision.”

He said the community is already talking about the new location.

“We put the sign up, ‘Crabby Patty’s coming’ and we’ve had many, many people stop,” he said. “They’re all really happy. Today somebody brought Pat flowers to the restaurant to the new place while we were working on it. Before we even put the sign up, we painted it Crabby Patty colors, I call it, and we had people beeping the horn as they were going by (U.S.) 70 giving us thumbs up. It does make you feel good that we do have that many loyal customers and friends in Havelock.”

George Aswad said he is waiting to determine what will happen to the old building damaged by the fire.

“Everything is in the hands of the insurance company right now, so we are just waiting to see what goes on,” he said.

He said losing the family business to the fire wasn’t easy.

“It’s a sad thing that happened and it is extremely trying on us and it’s very hard physically and mentally on us, but we’re going to get through it,” he said. “We have a lot of friends and I think that will help us get through everything.”