Million's Crab opening in Springfield April 1

Million’s Crab Boiled Seafood, a Cajun seafood chain based in Ohio, is opening on April 1 in the former TGI Fridays space at 2100 W. White Oaks Dr. Marketing director Commi Tong confirmed to SBJ that the restaurant will open at 5 p.m. Thursday for a soft opening.

Million’s Crab was originally scheduled to open Nov. 1. However, Tong said that the various inspections from the city and health department were delayed. “Due to COVID-19, everything became harder than before,” she said.

Million’s Crab is coming to Springfield as part of an extensive expansion throughout the Midwest. Other new locations are in the works in the Chicago area, Kentucky, Tennessee, Indiana and Minnesota, according to Tong.

“We want to bring people low-country boiled seafood,” said Tong, referring to the uniquely flavored seafood for which the restaurant is known. The menu includes crab, clams, mussels, shrimp, lobster and more. The seafood is boiled in Cajun seasoning and topped with a choice of sauces such as garlic butter, lemon pepper, Szechuan or a special Million’s sauce. There are also more classic American dishes such as burgers, wings and pasta.

According to the company’s website, the founders of Million’s Crab also created the Juicy Seafood and Naked Crab franchises.

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