Dec 9, 2020, 2:40pm CST
Million's Crab has quickly signed leases on three Twin Cities locations and is negotiating for more. Just days after confirming its first two Twin Cities restaurant locations, fast-growing Cajun seafood chain Million's Crab has signed a lease for a third store, this time in Roseville. Million’s Crab is set to move into a 6,600-square-foot former Outback Steakhouse. Located at 2181 Snelling Ave., the storefront is part of the Rosewood Shopping Center. Million’s Crab specializes in seafood boils but also offers a wider array of dishes, including pasta, ribs and sliders. The restaurant was represented in lease negotiations by Marshall Nguyen, vice president of Edina-based Caspian Group. Nguyen said they are currently negotiating for four more Million’s Crab locations. He previously helped Million’s Crab land new stores in Maplewood, where the restaurant is moving into the former Jake’s City Grille at 1745 Beam Ave., and Richfield, where its set to take over the former Lakes Buffet in Richfield Shoppes shopping center at 9 E. 66th St. Commi Tong, marketing director of Million’s Crab, told the Business Journal last week the Maplewood and Richfield stores could open within two months. That timeline could change; Tong also said Million’s Crab had frequently encountered inspection and permitting delays during its multi-state expansion push. Tong said the restaurant’s owners are choosing to view the pandemic as an opportunity. Million’s Crab typically opens in existing restaurant locations that are vacant, cutting the time and expense it takes to bring a new store to opening day. Founded last November, Million’s Crab currently has two restaurants located about 200 miles apart, in Terre Haute, Indiana, and West Chester, Ohio. But the website now lists an additional 14 restaurants as “coming soon.” Tong said the plan is to continue a geographic expansion through the Midwest, adding restaurants in Wisconsin, Illinois, Kentucky and Minnesota.