Here's the pinch about Joe's Crab Shack
I'm afraid this one might make some folks a little crabby.
A while back, I asked readers what national restaurant brands they would like to see come to our First Class city.
Piles of responses came in from folks hungry for their favorite chains.
Since then, I've been periodically checking in with various corporate offices to see if the third-largest city in Minnesota is on their radar.
This week, I took a crack at one brand that many people floated out there. Here's some from a couple of notes I received:
• "Another restaurant that is badly needed in Rochester is Joe's Crab Shack! There is one in West Des Moines, Iowa, and then one in Roseville, Minn. Why can't they just put one here also then?
The food and atmosphere is GREAT! If the Med City is so health conscious, there ya go, seafood!
They definitely would not go under financially!" — Terri.
• "Since you asked, I have two more for you, if you would, please. Fuddruckers and Joe's Crab Shack." — Peggy.
And even in the newsroom, a co-worker has made an impassioned pitch for the Houston, Texas-based shellfish server.
So I went fishing for Shack news and contacted Kristen Temple of Ignite Restaurant Group, which owns the seafood seller.
And, as you have probably already anticipated, it did not go as swimmingly as Peggy or Terri would have liked.
"At this point, they are not on the list I have as far as upcoming development site for the next couple months of the year," said Temple as she called from what I can only assume was a "shell" phone. (Sorry about that. I really need some help.)
Anyway, Temple did put me in contact with Joe's development team, which is at the helm of decisions like, "Should we bring Joe's Crab Shack to the the world's premier destination medical community?"
We'll see if they have a better news than Temple did or if they deem Rochester not Shack-worthy.