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Gallery: Sloppy Crab has opening party Saturday night in Detroit

October 30, 2021, 10:19 AM

This prime Detroit location had been Briggs Sports Bar and Tom's Oyster Bar. (Photo: A.J. Grant)

Restaurants can proclaim an "official grand opening" whenver they want, such as an event today at a downtown newcomer that had Labor Day weekend preview buffets and a soft opening two weeks later.

Sloppy Crab at Jefferson and Beaubien now follows its mid-September launch with a DJ party Saturday night that costs $50 to attend. Booth reservations, which include a bottle of liquor, are $800 for four people.


There's no cover charge on other evenings, lunchtime or Sunday brunch (11 a.m.-3 p.m.)

Menu selections at the two-level seafood restaurant opposite the RenCen include blackened salmon, lobster shrimp scampi, snow crab, king crab legs  and fried lobster tacos. Entrees ($26-$85) also include chicken pasta and lamb chops. There's a choice of two salads, five sides and peach cobbler for dessert. 

"Sloppy Seafood Pot," the costliest item, has a half-pound of king crab, lobster, shrimp, corncob, potatoes and turkey sausage. (Restaurant photo)

"We're trying to compete with Ocean Prime and Joe Muer's," Chef Al Moxley told Metro Times two months ago.

He and a partner in 2020 opened Sloppy Chops, a steakhouse on West McNichols Road at Littlefield Street on the edge of the Harmony Village neighborhood. The owners' new space was Briggs Sports Bar from 2015-20 and Tom's Oyster Bar earlier. It has a rooftop deck with a bar that'll reopen next summer.

Plan a visit:

Six photos from restaurant:

Snow crab legs

Cajun-spiced salmon fillet with chipotle cream sauce ($35)

Grilled center-cut lamb chops with Chef Al's "signature sauce"

Lobster and shrimp scampi with spinach, tomatoes and linguine ($50)

(Photo by A.J.Grant for restaurant)

Roof deck alongside the People Mover reopens next summer with views of Jefferson Avenue and Renaissance Center.


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