EAST NORRITON — Crab Du Jour Cajun Seafood Boil & Bar recently donated meals for the staff at Suburban Community Hospital — to recognize hospital employees for their “work and dedication” to patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The restaurant, located at 2800 DeKalb Pike in East Norriton, is one of the newest dining spots in Montgomery County. The 6,800-square-foot Crab Du Jour is locally owned and operated by Jeff Yi, who signed the lease for the property pre-COVID. Despite the pandemic, he moved forward with his plans to open the restaurant — hosting a grand opening on Nov. 18.
“When you open your doors in a community, it just makes sense to connect with those around you, so you truly know who you are serving,” Yi said in a statement, adding that he wants the restaurant to “be partners in the community and be seen as a resource for supporting our neighbors.
Yi said it was a pleasure dropping the meals off for hospital employees.
In this photo is Robin, from the Senior Behavioral Health Unit at Suburban Community Hospital in East Norriton, with meals delivered by Crab Du Jour of East Norriton. (Submitted Photo)
“We look forward to continuing our partnership with them through future fundraisers and events,” he added.
Michelle Aliprantis is regional director of marketing and communications of Prime Healthcare Pennsylvania Region. She said the donation helped boost the nurse’s morale.
“We have experienced some dark days surrounding COVID-19, but to feel that support from our local businesses helps to bring a little bit of light to that darkness,” she said.
Suburban Community Hospital Emergency Department (ED) nurse, Sherry gives a thumbs up after accepting a meal delivery from Crab Du Jour of East Norriton. (Submitted Photo)
According to a press release announcing the meal donation to the hospital, the pandemic strengthened Yi’s desire to be an active member of the community and his desire to know his neighbors.
The Cajun-inspired Crab Du Jour is known for fresh seafood boils and an array of signature house-blended sauces. In addition to the popular Cajun boils, the menu also boasts Po’Boys, burgers and sliders, salads, as well as a variety of appetizers. The restaurant seats approximately 250 diners and is open Sunday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Newly opened Crab Du Jour of East Norriton recently donated meals to the staff at Suburban Community Hospital. The restaurant just held its grand opening celebration on Nov. 18. In this photo, Crab Du Jour owner Jeff Yi, center, prepares to cut the ceremonial ribbon at the grand opening. (Submitted Photo)
The East Norriton location is the ninth Crab Du Jour restaurant in Pennsylvania, with four more locations planned. The North Carolina-based Crab Du Jour Restaurant Group has 72 dine-in Crab Du Jour and Crab Du Jour Xpress establishments throughout the country and a high-end surf and turf concept, The Fin, in Philadelphia.