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Cajun-Asian fusion comes to Allentown as Mr. Crab opens doors

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Billy Chen has just opened Mr. Crab in Allentown. The restaurant specializes in Asian/Cajun fusion seafood.
Billy Chen has just opened Mr. Crab in Allentown. The restaurant specializes in Asian/Cajun fusion seafood. - (Photo / )

Allentown has a new place for Japanese style seafood, sushi and other Asian dishes – with a little bit of Cajun flare.

Mr. Crab Seafood House has opened in the Village West Shopping Center at 3174 W. Tilghman St., Allentown.

The 2,471-square-foot restaurant opened Monday after owner Billy Chen remodeled the space formerly occupied by Elevation Burger next to Patient First.

The menu contains sushi, noodle and Thai dishes and some main dishes that feature Cajun sauces and seasonings.

While it might seem unusual for a restaurant to have an Asian-Cajun fusion theme, Chen said it’s been done before successfully.

Chen said he owned an Asian buffet restaurant in Orange County, Calif. There, he said, there were Asian-Cajun restaurants that were doing quite well.

He said he saw a lack of such restaurants when he moved to the Lehigh Valley over a year ago.

Why the name Mr. Crab?

“We did a survey and found people like crab and they like seafood,” Chen said.

The menu also has dishes containing beef and chicken.

The restaurant does not have a liquor license or bring-your-own permit. It serves soda, juices and other beverages. It is open for lunch and dinner.

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Stacy Wescoe

Stacy Wescoe

Writer and online editor Stacy Wescoe has her finger on the pulse of the business community in the Greater Lehigh Valley and keeps you up-to-date with technology and trends, plus what coworkers and competitors are talking about around the water cooler — and on social media. She can be reached at stacyw@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 4104. Follow her on Twitter at @morestacy and on Facebook. Circle Stacy Wescoe on .

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