The Boiling Crab opened Monday afternoon in the long-vacant Assembly Music Hall spot near the state Capitol and Crest Theatre.
It marks the second Sacramento-area location for the Garden Grove-based seafood chain, which opened on 65th Street near Stockton Boulevard in 2010.
The K Street restaurant opens at 3 p.m. and closes at 10 p.m. Monday. Initial customers will receive gift bags, according to spokeswoman Winnie Vu.
Vu said in July that the proximity to Golden 1 Center played into the company’s decision to open a new restaurant there. Another chain, Dallas-based Bennigan’s, is expected to open a location early next year in the nearby Café Bernardo and KBar space at 10th and K streets.
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Boiling Crab serves heavily seasoned crab and crayfish in bags with potatoes and corn on the cob. The Sacramento Bee’s Blair Anthony Robertson gave the 65th Street spot three out of four stars when he reviewed it in 2014.
Assembly Music Hall, at 10th and K, was a 500-person-capacity live-music and comedy venue before it closed in November 2014. It began in 2008 as Cosmopolitan Cabaret, a theater space run by California Musical Theatre.