More Cajun-style seafood could soon arrive in the Boston area as a Newton-based restaurant looks to extend its reach. Shaking Crab, fresh off new openings in Quincy and on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, has applied to take over the liquor license Troquet vacated when it relocated from 140 Boylston St., according to a licensing board agenda.
Shaking Crab would take over the Boylston Street restaurant space and the all-alcohol license, bringing bags full of spiced seafood to a coveted spot on Boston Common. The matter will go before the City of Boston licensing board on May 3. If approved, Shaking Crab would be able to operate until 1 a.m.
The restaurant specializes in seafood (like mussels, lobster, and shrimp, for example) that is served shaken up with a spice blend in a bag. Wings, fried oysters, french fries, onion rings, and a few other items are also on the menu.
Shaking Crab operates two restaurants in Massachusetts (Newton and Quincy) and now two in New York (Flushing and Manhattan). Locally, corporate filings represent the existing Newton and Quincy locations, and a new filing reflects this potential spot on the Common. An additional filing suggests that Shaking Crab may pursue another new location in Cambridge, possibly at Porter Exchange. A partner with the restaurant declined to confirm any expansion details at this point, but Eater will post any updates as they are made available.