Carrie Rengers

Krab Kingz Seafood chain to open on the west side

Crab, shrimp, sausage, potatoes and corn are all that are on the menu at Krab Kingz Seafood, which is opening on the west side soon.
Crab, shrimp, sausage, potatoes and corn are all that are on the menu at Krab Kingz Seafood, which is opening on the west side soon. File photo

On Wednesday, Texas-based Three Kingz LLC put something on Facebook about bringing one of its Krab Kingz Seafood restaurants here.

Company partner Mickey Smith says he had thought about putting a Krab Kingz food truck in Wichita to test the market.

The response was so immediately phenomenal, he says, “I’m very comfortable putting restaurants over there.”

Now, he’s considering a few different west-side possibilities.

“We’ve had real estate agents tell us, ‘West side, west side.’ 

The chain, which has 10 sites and food trucks in Texas, Florida, Louisiana and Missouri, has a simple fast-casual concept.

“It’s a very, very short menu,” Smith says.

That includes crab, shrimp, sausage, potatoes and corn. There also is a full bar.

“And that’s pretty much it,” Smith says.

“It actually started as a food truck,” he says.

That was two years ago, and it’s grown quickly since then.

“It’s been a very, very successful model for us,” Smith says.

Smith is based in Kansas City, Mo., and will run the Wichita Krab Kingz.

“I’m going to be over there quite a bit,” he says.

Wichita is attractive because there’s not a lot of competition for seafood in the fast-casual segment, Smith says.

Still, he says he was surprised at the immediate Facebook response.

“It’s crazy.”

Look for more information once Smith signs a lease.

Even though he hasn’t secured a site yet, Smith says he hopes to open no later than the end of February.

“We’re looking at turnkey operations,” he says.

“There’s not a whole lot to setting them up.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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