40 ESTILL HAMMOCK RD • TYBEE ISLAND, GA 31328 • 912-786-9857
40 ESTILL HAMMOCK RD • TYBEE ISLAND, GA 31328 • 912-786-9857

COVID 19 DAILY UPDATE!

 

AS OF MONDAY APRIL 6, 2020

The Original Crab Shack is here for our patrons and community in this time of uncertainty.

OPERATING HOURS  (DINING ROOM HAS BEEN CLOSED FOR NOW)
Monday - Sunday 11am-7pm & Online 24-7!

SHIPPING NATIONWIDE
For those that made the decision to cancel their much-anticipated spring break vacation to Tybee Island, we can ship a taste of Tybee to you! Our seafood & BBQ are available in the same easy-to-prepare meal kits we sell for carry out in the Gift Shack, shipped anywhere in the continental US. Orders can be placed at www.locotogo.netEASTER PROMOTION: SAVE 25% on online shipped orders $95+ when you use promo code SP25 at check out. Skip the stores and enjoy a Low Country feast no matter where you live while still practicing social distancing!

NO CONTACT PICK UP CURBSIDE
Call 912-786-9857 to place an order “to go” and pay for your meal over the phone by credit card. Pull up near the hoist and Gift Shack and call 912-786-9857 to let us know you are here, and we will bring your order out to you.

STAY SAFE!
The needs and wants of our customers and the safety and health of everyone is very important to us. We want to help and share our taste of the Low Country in whatever way is best for you, so whether we see you in person, bring your meal to you for curbside pickup, or ship you your favorite seafood & BBQ, know that The Original Crab Shack is here for you and wishing everyone good health and happiness; we will all get through this together (but maybe a little further apart).

Very Truly Yours,
Captain Jack Flanigan & The Entire Team
The Original Crab Shack

FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS...WE LOOK FORWARD TO SERVING YOU!

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About Us

RESTAURANT HOURS
Monday - Sunday 11:30am - 9pm
Gift Shack: 12pm - 8pm
AMBIANCE
Waterfront • Casual • Out-Door Dining
In-Door Dining
FOOD
Crab Legs • Low Country Boil • Oysters • Shrimp • Pork Chicken • Ribs • Nachos • Soups & Sandwiches
ADDITIONAL SERVICES
Pet Friendly • Large Group Parties
Gift Shack • Gator Lagoon
$ PER PERSON
$10-$20 - Lunch
$15-$25 - Dinner
RESERVATIONS
Sorry, We Do Not Accept Reservations
Walk Ins Welcome

FROM FISHING CAMP TO TYBEE STAPLE!
In the 1930’s before there was “The Crab Shack”, these 4 acres of high ground meandering along the banks of Chimney Creek was outfitted as place for locals to put their boats in the water, buy bait, pick up a few “necessaries” - of which cold beer was one. Over the years, the owners (at the time) allowed a few small camper trailer owners to rent space on the grounds. The name Chimney Creek Fishing Camp became synonymous with good fishing trips, camping trips, or just sitting around the pot-bellied stove in the concrete block building called the “marina” and telling lies about fish caught…or not. Some locals docked their boats, some used the hoist, but they all stopped in now and again to have a cold beer and tell a tall tale.

Jack and Belinda Flanigan were living in Atlanta, Georgia in 1983 when they read a “fish camp for sale” ad in the newspaper. Having left Savannah and Hinesville, respectively, for Atlanta, they both knew the area well and longed for a kinder, gentler lifestyle. So, they made an offer, bought the place, and moved to Tybee. They worked hard running the fishing camp and marina while studying for their Captain’s licenses. After getting the official “Captain” titles, they added Charter fishing services to the operation with Jack running offshore Charters in The Creek 1, (which is still docked in the number one position at the marina to this day), and Belinda running inshore fishing trips in a smaller boat (which is still on the property, too.) The fishing was great. There were plenty of delectably fat blue crabs to be had by just throwing a trap in the creek, and a shrimp net tossed off the back of either charter boat brought enough tasty crustaceans for a good low country boil. Everyone wanted a place to gather and cook these gifts from the sea. Tybeenians love to gather around food – particularly seafood.

The location was great, the sunsets were beautiful, the weather was right, and no one knows at which of these “gatherings” the Crab Shack was born. But it happened. A table here, a table there. More people – locals at first, then friends of locals, then friends of friends, then strangers and then a business license. Still just a few tables with Jack cooking &, Belinda waiting tables. Just a few hours a day a few days a week – still running the marina and fishing camp and charters. Then, folks wanted a libation with their seafood. Jack and Belinda and some friendly locals came together. Just like the old fashioned “barn raising”, a “bar raising” was accomplished on the day the first liquor license was granted to The Crab Shack. That first “bar” for the Crab Shack now serves as the hostess station….be sure to check it out on the web site. Hard to believe this all started there. The first menu was drawn on a 4 X 8 sheet of plywood and hung on a wall where it could be seen from all 6 tables. That same menu is proudly hung over the front door of the main dining room today, but has been replaced for customers with placement sized renditions and many, delicious additions. The outdoor restroom building is the same building that was constructed as restrooms for the fishing village on the property during the 50’s. The Gift Shack and aviary is the same building that housed the marina and bait shop since the 30’s. When you think about it, with all the relics of it’s “old days” still being in use or displayed today, it could be called The Crab Institution.   

WE DO NOT ACCEPT SAME DAY RESERVATIONS:

• All reservation requests should be emailed to stephanie@thecrabshack.com as far in advance as possible
• Please include the date, time, number of guests, and any special requests you may have. You will receive a reply within 48 hours
• Requests sent on Friday may not receive an answer until the following Monday
• If you have not received a response within 48 hours, send a second request and please call 912-786-9857 and provide your email address so that we may notify the reservations manager
• All reservations are made in writing through email so that the plans are implemented as agreed upon
• The email correspondence will serve as your contract. We look forward to working with you and making your reservation special!

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