Long-defunct local chain Seafood Shanty is returning to Berks County on February 7, bringing back the recipes that made them famous. Eddie Riegel, once a Seafood Shanty regular, bought the rights to the restaurant, and decided to resurrect the beloved chain at Broadcasting Shopping Center in Wyomissing, PA.
Originally based in Bucks County, Seafood Shanty had outposts all along the East Coast, and was famous for their New England clam chowder, bouillabaisse, and a seriously delicious Key Lime pie.
Chef James Lesniak will be heading up the kitchen, and adding some modern dishes to the menu, including steamer pots, crab leg buckets, and drunken mussels. Riegel also said there will be an extensive raw bar as a centerpiece to the restaurant.
If all goes well at the original location, Riegel and his team have already planned expansions in the Greater Philadelphia region, and has a few prospective spots ready to go.
We're really excited about this development at Eater HQ, as we spent more than a few "family nights" at the Shanty in the mid-80s, and can thank them for introducing us to the amazing world of popcorn shrimp.
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