Allen Black’s “blackest day” was July 3, 2014 when his beloved and historical iconic restaurant “The Crab Pot” was consumed in a ball of flame – the fire originating in the back of the building.
The Crab Pot had been a social and seafood sales “go to place” on Highway 101 south of Schooner Creek Bridge since it was a small cottage in 1922 and was bought by Black in 1974. So for him, it was the loss of not only his job, but his prominent role in the community. It devastated him.
But those who know Allen Black best, knows that he may suffer a set back, even a hugely serious one like the the big fire, but it’s his nature to pick up the pieces and put them all back together again.
And he’s trying to do just that beginning August 2nd. That’s when Allen Black will bring his plans for a brand-new Crab Pot restaurant before the Lincoln City Planning Commission. Black is seeking approval to raise The Crab Pot up from the blackened dirt into a whole new building.
The only sticking point at this juncture appears to be parking. A compromise might require that most of the parking be around back since ODOT never did like people backing out of the old restaurant into Highway 101 traffic.
But there are a lot of local Crab Pot customers – and thousands of tourists – ready to once again enjoy the Crab Pot’s fish sales and fresh and freshly cooked crab. Black says as soon as he can get all his permits from the city he’s ready to start construction.