A rapidly expanding company known for their fresh seafood boils will be setting up shop at space just a stone’s throw away from the Hudson River.
Virginia-based Crab Du Jour is coming to one of the Newport Plaza storefronts at 125 18th Street. The company’s website confirms the location as “coming soon” and the restaurant is set to be the second spot in Hudson County behind an existing North Bergen eatery.
Crab Du Jour is still a fairly new endeavor, as the business emerged in 2019 out of Lynchburg, Virginia. The chain now operates more than 75 restaurants throughout the country and will be expanding into the Garden State significantly, as outposts in Cherry Hill, Hamilton, Mays Landing, and Vineland are all in the works.
Per a leasing brochure released by Newport earlier this year, the Crab Du Jour in Newport will be an “Xpress” version of the business. The format offers convenient grab-and-go options for guests but also provides counter-service as well as traditional table dining.
Crab Du Jour offers an array of signature house-blended sauces in their customizable boil bags, which allow diners to pick their catch, sauce, and desired spice level. Seafood options run from clams to crawfish or several varieties of mussels, scallops, snow or Dungeness crab legs, and lobster.
Sauces including a Cajun variety, lemon pepper, garlic butter, or Old Bay are featured and add-ins like corn, potatoes, sausage, broccoli, or Cajun fries complement the seafood. A boil from Crab Du Jour costs between $30 to $50 and can serve up to three people.
Other specialties of Crab Du Jour include appetizers like hush puppies, fried pickles, or wings and baskets of po’boys or fried seafood varieties like flounder, shrimp, or oysters.
An inquiry Jersey Digs placed with Crab Du Jour about their upcoming Jersey City location has not been answered and a timeline regarding the opening has not been disclosed. Those hoping for an announcement from the company about their future Newport spot can follow the restaurant group on Instagram at the handle @crabdujourusa.