Crab House at Pier 39 Reopens Under Simmons Family Ownership

The Simmons family bought the famed seafood restaurant last spring and officially reopened in April.
Crab House at Pier 39 Reopens under Simmons Family Ownership
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Crab House has been a Pier 39 seafood staple since 1998, when owner Jerry Dal Bozzo bought up the Old Swiss House and transformed it into a crab kingdom, serving over one ton of crab per week, according to SFGate.

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Last spring, Crab House sold to the Simmons family, who founded and built out Pier 39 in the seventies and now owns six Pier 39 restaurants: Pier Market, Fog Harbor Fish House, Wipe Out Bar & Grill, Eagle Cafe, Biscoff Coffee Corner, and now, Crab House.

Shortly after the acquisition, Crab House closed its doors in reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic.

But this April, the Simmons family flipped the “closed” sign to “open,” putting the restaurant officially back in business.

Under new ownership, Crab House is still home to its signature World Famous Killer Crab and those sizzling skillets — a menu item that presumably came from Dal Bozzo’s original restaurant concept, Skillets, which he renamed Crab House shortly after opening in 1998.

We don’t know about you, but after more than a year of mindlessly baking sheet pan chicken and veggies for dinner, a giant Dungeness crab splayed on a sizzling iron skillet with garlic butter has a nice ring to it.

Sydney Rende

Sydney Rende

Sydney Rende is a freelance writer and soon-to-be graduate of Syracuse University’s MFA program in Creative Writing. Her work has been published in The New York Times Style Magazine, The Michigan Quarterly Review, The New Ohio Review online, and Carve Magazine. She lives in Southern California, where she’s completing her first short story collection and desperately trying to conform to surf culture.
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