FIRST LOOK: Inside the new seafood restaurant behind the Dayton Mall

A new seafood-themed restaurant is now open in a space behind the Dayton Mall that decades ago was home to one of the most popular restaurant-bar hangouts in the region.

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Blue Crab Juicy Seafood Dayton is serving customers lunch and dinner seven days a week at 8901 Kingsridge Drive in Miami Twp. The space behind the Dayton Mall once housed Max & Erma's, which shut down the location in 2009. More recently, two other restaurants, Hazel Grille & Tavern and Osaka Sushi & Hibachi, called the building home. Hazel Grille closed in 2014, and Osaka shut down in 2016.

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Blue Crab Juicy Seafood seats about 230. A grand opening is in the works for Monday, Dec. 30.

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The new restaurant’s Cajun-inspired menu offers multiple seafood options available boiled or fried, including crab, shrimp, crawfish, mussels, clams, oysters and catfish. Soups, including Lobster Bisque, New England Chowder and Shrimp or Crawfish Etouffee, also are available.

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The restaurant does not yet have its license to serve alcohol, but is expecting to be able to do so in the coming weeks.

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The growing restaurant chain has or will have locations in Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Missouri and Indiana.

For more information, call (937) 813-8081 or check out the Blue Crab Juicy Seafood Dayton Facebook page at

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