Slap on those bibs: Boiling Crab restaurant coming to downtown Sacramento

Assembly Music Hall, shown in 2013, will become a Boiling Crab seafood-boil restaurant.
Assembly Music Hall, shown in 2013, will become a Boiling Crab seafood-boil restaurant.

The long-vacant Assembly Music Hall at 1000 K St. in downtown Sacramento will become a Boiling Crab seafood-boil restaurant this fall.

The Boiling Crab, a Southern California-based chain with 16 locations, already has a restaurant on 65th Street near Stockton Boulevard. It’s not far from the similarly themed Firehouse Crawfish and a few miles north of their fellow seafood-boil specialist Crab City.

Boiling Crab’s original Sacramento location is “very popular,” corporate marketing manager Winnie Vu said by phone from the company’s Garden Grove headquarters.

Vu said she expects the 1000 K St. location to open in November. The new Sacramento site will be part of a larger expansion push that will include new spots in Burbank, Woodland Hills/Calabasas and Honolulu.

“Sacramento wasn’t on the top of our (expansion) list, but as the deal presented itself, it became such a great opportunity,” Vu said. The scheduled October opening of downtown’s Golden 1 Center, just blocks from the new K Street location, “played into” the decision, she said.

Boiling Crab serves heavily seasoned crab and crayfish in bags with potatoes and corn on the cob. It will offer bibs-and-hand-wipes-required competition to Old Sacramento riverfront behemoth Joe’s Crab Shack.

The Bee’s Blair Anthony Robertson gave the 65th Street Boiling Crab three out of four stars when he reviewed it in 2014.

Assembly Music Hall, which sits near K-Bar and Cafe Bernardo on 10th Street 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 (Music Circus, Broadway Sacramento).