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Crabby Jack's - Gone!

My old watering hole is gone :(

But they lost my business about a year ago when they started charging $4.00 for a tap beer. Looks like they were struggling as when ever I visited, there weren't many patrons at the bar like there use be. This was about the time Mojo left to.

Had lots of good memories at the place in the 90's.

Deerfield Beach— Crabby Jack's, a Deerfield Beach bar and restaurant known for a laid-back, wear-your-swim-trunks atmosphere, was destroyed by a two-alarm blaze on Sunday morning.

The street-side palm fronds that gave the bar its tiki look were reduced to ashes.

Deerfiled Beach Mayor Peggy Noland was among the dozens of onlookers gathered on Federal Highway, just south of 10th Street, who watched the firefighters from Deerfeld Beach, Pompano Beach, and Fort Lauderdale fire departments douse the blaze.

"A lot of people are going to miss it, " Noland said of the establishment famous for Wednesday night karaoke and occasional vintage car shows in the parking lot.

"This is a landmark building that has been here at least for the 32 years I've been here. It is very well-known," she said.

Deerfield Beach Fire Rescue received the call at about 6:50 a.m., and arrived to find heavy smoke and flames shooting out of the roof," said John Quitoni, assistant chief.

"The initial knockdown took about 30 minutes," he said, as two aerial units poured water on the smoldering wreckage.

The cause of the fire is unknown and remains under investigation.

This could be the last large fire that Deerfield Beach Fire Rescue responds to as such, because the city commission recently voted to merge with BSO Fire Rescue.

"We have one of the best fire departments in the county," said Noland. "They will stay in Deerfield Beach. All the fire departments are headed to regionalization. The cities can't afford to buy ladder trucks and aerial trucks, but merged, we can have two or three that can be used in an emergency like this," she said.,0,4215011.story


  • dpdashdpdash Posts: 5,359 Admiral
    friends who live close by heard a loud explosion, I'm guessing a gas leak
  • seachasseachas Posts: 66 Deckhand
  • TriplewrapTriplewrap Posts: 173 Deckhand
    It looks like enough accelerant was used so the Fire Department was able to save the foundation.
    FS Forum member since February, 2002
    Throwing Money into the Marine Industry since 1981
  • divn4$divn4$ Posts: 1,529 Captain
    The place smelled like stall beer and sewage it need a good hoseing.......

    Go Navy.....
  • King_MeKing_Me Posts: 7,096 Admiral
    divn4$ wrote: »
    The place smelled like stall beer and sewage it need a good hoseing.......

    Another reason why I stopped going there.
  • King_MeKing_Me Posts: 7,096 Admiral
    seachas wrote: »

    Restaurant destroyed by fire had pending eviction case, records show


    By Juan Ortega, Sun Sentinel

    9:12 p.m. EDT, August 29, 2011
    DEERFIELD BEACH— Fire investigators will examine whether there is any link between an eviction case against Crabby Jack's and the blaze that destroyed the restaurant over the weekend, a Deerfield Beach fire official said on Monday.

    When its out-of-state landlord sued to evict Tanson Corp., Crabby Jack's operator, the fight went to Broward civil court, where lawyers tried unsuccessfully to broker an agreement Friday.

    Two days later, Crabby Jack's was ravaged by a fire so fierce, it took more than 50 firefighters from three area departments an hour to put it out. All that was left of the decades-old local landmark was a smoldering shell and some interior sections where walls once stood.

    Investigators will take a close look at the eviction case, said Gary Fernaays, an assistant chief with Deerfield Beach Fire-Rescue.

    "That would be something that the state fire marshal would be interested in," he said.

    As of Monday, arson had not been ruled out as a possible cause of the fire.

    Following procedure, the fire marshal is gathering samples from the ruins to test for any trace of "accelerants," substances that could be used to speed up a blaze. A dog trained to detect accelerants was also used.

    The landlord, Ramco-Gershenson Properties, will conduct its own investigation, according to its attorney, Eric J. Partlow. If arson is determined to be the cause, the landlord will seek criminal charges, Partlow said.

    "The landlord is disappointed and concerned in the manner in which it lost its property," Partlow said. "We find it too much coincidence to be coincidence, frankly."

    Crabby Jack's Boca Raton lawyer, Andrew Schwartz, called Partlow's comments "premature in every respect and irresponsible at best." He said he would await the fire marshal's report.

    Schwartz said Crabby Jack's operators "were extremely disappointed about the fire and how over 40 people have lost their jobs."

    Rivertowne Square, the South Federal Highway shopping center home of Crabby Jack's, is owned by Ramco-Gershenson Properties Trust, based in Farmington Hills, Mich., according to spokeswoman Dawn Hendershot.

    A publicly traded company that owns about 90 shopping centers nationwide, Ranco-Gershenson bought the property at 1015 S. Federal Highway in 1998. Crabby Jack's rented the building for more than 20 years.

    In February, Ramco-Gershenson sued to evict the restaurant, saying it had failed to pay several months' worth of rent and other bills. As the case proceeded, the landlord claimed that Crabby Jack's had defaulted on additional payments, and terminated its lease on May 19.

    Crabby Jack's lawyer Schwartz argued in court filings that the eatery wired $22,600 on May 24, "thereby discharging any obligation" it had to the landlord for overdue bills. Under its rental agreement, the restaurant paid about $11,273 a month, and the amount owed has been in dispute.

    Ramco-Gershenson declined the money sent in May, saying it was "far beyond" the time the money was expected, records show. The eviction case was expected to go to trial in September, and a calendar-call hearing was set for Sept. 6.

    On Monday, firefighters were watching the burned-out building and extinguishing any small fires that resurfaced, Fernaays said. A crane was helping dismantle the structure for inspection.

    The state fire marshal planned to finish the building inspection Tuesday afternoon, but the investigation was expected to remain open.

    Staff writer Mike Clary and staff researcher Barbara Hijek contributed to this report.

    [email protected] or 954-356-4701
  • TriplewrapTriplewrap Posts: 173 Deckhand
    Must have been a south breeze.. Tropical Acres in Dania caught fire the next day...
    Can you believe the bad luck ?
    FS Forum member since February, 2002
    Throwing Money into the Marine Industry since 1981
  • CrabbyMoJoCrabbyMoJo Posts: 1 Greenhorn
    Can’t believe it’s only been 9 yrs
  • bocapup1bocapup1 Posts: 1,502 Captain
    I live across the street and wa told by local's the owner had something too do with it!
    today there is Tijuana taxi and much better than crabby's used to be.
    The food is great and women are young :)
  • Big MakBig Mak Posts: 6,109 Admiral
    edited September 2020 #12
    Speaking of (thread) resurrection, any of you remember when that place was a drive in movie theater? I think it was called Gold Coast Drive In?  If memory serves me correctly, the original movie Jaws was the last movie I saw there.

    That was a time when Pompano was a awesome place to grow up.
  • GeneakersGeneakers Posts: 285 Deckhand
    edited September 2020 #13
    "Must have been a south breeze.. Tropical Acres in Dania caught fire the next day...
    Can you believe the bad luck ?"

    After Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, several homeowners were disappointed that their homeowners insurance didn't cover "flood - rising ground water".  Homeowners does however cover "Fire".. amazingly, several house seemed to just "catch fire"..hmmmm
  • conchydongconchydong Posts: 14,417 AG
    Lots of 2011 posts bring resurrected lately. 

    “Everyone behaves badly--given the chance.”
    ― Ernest Hemingway

  • bocapup1bocapup1 Posts: 1,502 Captain
    Doll house was pretty sweet ;)
  • MangroveMarkMangroveMark Posts: 523 Officer
    Didn't the Doll House serve the Original Muff Burger for the free lunch?
  • Ron38SpecialRon38Special Posts: 121 Deckhand
    edited September 2020 #17
    Doll House  o:)

    We took by BIL there for his last stop before getting married the next day.
    While we were there, a table full of guys next to us kept bumping into my BIL and making him spill his drink. He turned around and warned them twice.

    The third time, he spun around and cold cocked the guy who kept bumping into him. That whole table jumped on his and as them held him down, he threw one good punch and nearly wiped a guys nose off his face.

    Cops came and had my BIL sitting in back of the car. I told the cop he was getting married the next day and asked if there was any way he could let him go.
    Cop said, "go over and look at the guy he hit (who was being treated by paramedics) and you tell me if I can let him go."

    I went over a looked and like I said, his nose was nearly ripped off his face by the upward hit.

    I walked back and told my buddy "you're going to jail, we'll bail you out in the morning"

    Funny story but the best part we didn't know until later. The table was a group of lawyers having drinks after work!!!!

    Needless to say that was not the end of this mishap.
  • King_MeKing_Me Posts: 7,096 Admiral
    Can’t believe it’s only been 9 yrs
    MoJo!!  Are you still tending bar somewhere?  Miss the old days.
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