CHERRY HILL, NJ (SBN) – With music from the Cherry Hill West High School marching band to warm up a windy late afternoon event, Cherry Hill Mayor Susan Shin Angulo joined representatives from Crab Du Jour Cajun Seafood Boil & Bar for a ribbon-cutting ceremony Dec. 6 at the North Carolina chain’s new restaurant at 104 Route 70 East in Cherry Hill.
The new dining spot is the 72nd location for the hospitality and restaurant group. Cherry Hill is the thirteenth restaurant in the New Jersey area, with other locations in Delran, Pennsauken, Lumberton, Turnersville, North Bergen, Springfield, Piscataway Township, Ewing, and Mays Landing. Additional Crab Du Jour’s are slated to open in 2022 in Hamilton, Jersey City and Vineland.
State Broadcast News anchor Steve Lubetkin was on hand for the program and spoke with Mayor Shin Angulo and Crab Du Jour district manager Charles Wyder about the restaurant in this audio report.
The restaurant made $500 donations to the Food Bank of Southern New Jersey and to the Cherry Hill High School West Marching Band.
The Cherry Hill location is the first for the chain to premiere several interesting items.
New Jersey’s first robotic server, ‘Bella,’ addresses the universal staff shortages the hospitality industry currently endures.
New healthier menu items called ‘Seven Fishes’ is a concept where diners choose 10-12 ounces of fish ranging from salmon to tilapia and served with seasonal vegetables, potato and Cajun rice ($16.99 to $23.99) that is then grilled to perfection and set ablaze table-side as a uniquely fun way to finish the dish. Additional new items include chicken, shrimp, or steak bourbon bowls ($16.99 $23.99); and a seafood pasta with shrimp, clams, and mussels ($18.99).
Crab Du Jour fans can delight in signature boils with a variety of seafood sold by the half-pound ($7.50-$14.50) or pound ($13.99-$28.99), then steamed via bags and presented table-side with seasonings of choice in three heat intensities with corn and potatoes. The seasoning options include Cajun, garlic butter, Old Bay, lemon pepper, and the ‘Du Jour,’ which incorporates all the options. Supplemental add-ins include broccoli ($3.99), sausage by the half-pound ($5.99 or $9.99). In addition to the popular Cajun boils, the menu also boasts a variety of Po’Boys ($12.99-$14.99); burgers and sliders ($10.99-$13.99); soups ($6.99-$8.99) and salads ($5.99-$8.99). There are also appetizer options ranging from cheesesteak egg rolls ($8.99) to fried pickles ($5.99) and chicken wings ($10.99-$19.99) available in BBQ, Cajun, Buffalo, or lemon pepper. Kid’s menu offerings include chicken tenders, fried shrimp, chicken sliders, or fried flounder (all $6.99).
The over 7,000 sq ft. restaurant has a seating capacity for about 250 diners with hours of operation Sunday through Thursday 11:30am to 10:00pm, and Friday and Saturday 11:30am to 11:00pm. Crab Du Jour features a selection of fun maritime-inspired cocktails ($10). Crab Claws is made with Tito’s Vodka, tequila, orange juice, and Grenadine; Mermaid’s Lemonade uses Rumhaven, Pink Lemonade, Blue Curacao; and the Blue Lagoon is made with Captain Morgan, Coconut Rum, Blue Curacao, pineapple, and orange juice. In addition, a variety of red and white wines are available by the glass and bottle, along with a selection of craft beer on draft, cans, and bottles.
“We are so thrilled to be a part of the community and bring delicious fare in a fun and casual setting to the Cherry Hill area,” said Nick Pingitore, General Manager of Crab Du Jour Cajun Boil & Bar. “New Jersey has such a rich culinary history with seafood it makes perfect sense for us to grow here.”
About Crab Du Jour
Founded in 2019, the multi-concept, multi-unit 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, PA.
Steve Lubetkin is the news director for StateBroadcastNews.com. Steve’s journalism background includes print and broadcast reporting for NJ news organizations. He refocused on multimedia journalism and podcast production after a long career in corporate branded journalism and public relations.
He has won numerous awards for his audio and video news reporting from the Garden State Journalists Association, and he has also been recognized for video by the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He has produced a wide range of audio and video podcasts in his other role as managing partner of State Broadcast News’s parent, The Lubetkin Media Companies.
Steve is co-author, with Toronto-based podcasting pioneer Donna Papacosta, of the book, The Business of Podcasting: How to Take Your Podcasting Passion from the Personal to the Professional.
In March 2021, he was elected to the board of directors of the New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and in July 2021 he was named secretary of the chapter. In August 2021, he was honored by SPJ with one of the organization’s 2021 Howard S. Dubin Outstanding Pro Member Awards, given to regular members of an SPJ chapter who go above and beyond in serving their chapter.
Steve has been the computer columnist for the Jewish Community Voice of Southern New Jersey, since 1996.
Steve also has reported on-camera and produces virtual conferences for NJSpotlightNews.org, a public policy news coverage website focused on New Jersey government and industry; and for clients of StateBroadcastNews.com, a division of The Lubetkin Media Companies LLC.
From May-November 2019, he produced and reported a weekly podcast, The CRE News Hour, a news and features program focusing on the commercial real estate industry.
From 2014 to 2019 he was New Jersey and Philadelphia editor for GlobeSt.com and filled in covering Chicago/Midwest and Atlanta.
Steve has also served (from August 2017 to March 2018) as national broadcast news correspondent for CEOReport.com, a news website focused on practical advice for senior executives in small- and medium-sized companies.
Earlier in his career, Steve reported on rock music at the Jersey Shore for the Asbury Park Press, and was a broadcast news anchor and production engineer for WJLK-AM & FM, then owned by the Press. He also worked as a general assignment reporter for the Red Bank Register, Shrewsbury, NJ.
You can email Steve at email@example.com.