Angry Crab Shack, a leading full-service Asian-Cajun seafood restaurant closed out an impressive year and recently unveiled its plans for 2020. Angry Crab Shack reports year-over-year sales to have jumped more than 16.5 percent, all while prioritizing the communities it serves by donating more than $145,000 to Arizona charities. Looking ahead, the popular seafood brand plans to expand its national footprint through franchising and anticipates opening 15-20 new restaurants in 2020.

With Americans increasing their seafood intake each year, Angry Crab Shack is capitalizing on the growing seafood boil trend to bring family and friends together for a memorable and unique dining experience. Kickstarting 2020’s expansion plans, Angry Crab Shack recently signed agreements to bring restaurants to Atlanta, Georgia; Orange Beach, Alabama; Parkland, Florida; and Arlington, Texas. The brand plans to rev up franchise growth outside its home state of Arizona this year, which is currently home to six corporate and four franchise locations, each dedicated to enhancing the community and providing delicious, fuss-free seafood in an upbeat environment.

“This past year was a successful one for our team, and we don’t plan on slowing down,” says Andrew Diamond, president of Angry Crab Shack. “Our national brand recognition skyrocketed and aspiring business owners want to bring our concept and culture to their hometowns, which is incredible. Having worked hard to build a strong infrastructure, we’re now able to place an emphasis on franchise growth in 2020. And, we’re ready to break into new markets, like Nevada, Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Utah.”

In 2019, Angry Crab Shack strengthened its charitable partnerships by donating more than $145,000 to three Arizona-based charities: The Arizona Housing Coalition, The 100 club and Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The impressive amount of funds raised helped further shape Angry Crab Shack’s corporate culture, which now includes regular philanthropic giveback built into operations, signaling to local guests that Angry Crab Shack is the brand that cares.

Home meal kits, seamless delivery and adding menu options to satisfy guests with dietary restrictions are some of the operational goals Angry Crab Shack plans to tackle this upcoming year. The brand will also place a focus on perfecting training and support for both franchise owners and employees to continue to provide an unmatched experience and corporate culture.

“Our number one priority is and always will be our guests and their experience,” adds Diamond. “We want to be a household name in states all across the country. Even more, we want our culture and dining experience to be memorable, and one of the ways we do that is through charitable giveback and partnerships. We’re working to provide resources to our franchise owners so they can replicate what we’ve built in Arizona – being able to donate nearly $150,000 to people that need it most in our community was one of my favorite milestones of 2019.”

Best known for using the freshest ingredients, Angry Crab Shack sources lobster from the East Coast, Dungeness Crab from the Pacific Northwest, King Crab from Bering Strait, Snow Crab from Canadian waters, and crawfish from the Gulf of Mexico. Guests can expect a fun family experience where they can throw on a bib, roll up their sleeves, and dig in. The brand offers a variety of boils including, shrimp, crawfish, lobster, crab and more.

Low operating costs paired with exceptional corporate support helps to position Angry Crab Shack as an attractive investment opportunity for entrepreneurs looking to enter the full-service restaurant industry. Initial investment ranges between $392,000 – $711,000.

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