Any hard core Central Coast resident or visitor can remember the day that the Cutler City’s iconic “The Crab Pot” burned to the ground on July 4, 2014. A faulty stove component was blamed for starting it.
For generations, locals and visitors relied on The Crab Pot to provide some of the best seafood on the coast – either for parties, weddings, family get-togethers or just plain ole dinner. For just shy of 40 years Allen Black, with his wife Marlene, ran the place until she passed away 12 years ago. Allen kept going – keeping the business alive – a tradition initiated by business founders in 1922.
Then came the fire. The building was old. Quite flammable as old buildings are. Despite a quick response from North Lincoln Fire-Rescue, The Crab Pot was a total loss in the making within the first five minutes. All the fire department could do was make sure the fire didn’t catch any other buildings on fire.
After a year to assess his losses and his commitment to keep the Crab Pot’s cultural, if not iconic role preserved in the community, Allen has decided to give it a go. He’s going to try to rebuild.
But he needs the community’s help. Allen has set up a “Go Fund Me” account on the internet. Those who would like to chip in ANYTHING should feel free to do so – to invest in the re-building of a business that has touched so many lives over the many decades.
To donate just click here. Simple as that. Donate what you can. Many donations makes for easier financial lifting for Allen and his supporters.
Donate! You’ll be helping to preserve an irreplaceable piece of Central Coast history and the tender place it still holds in the hearts of generations of Oregonians, past and present.