Fans of the former fishing boat-turned-concession stand in Canal Park can relax.
Crabby Bill’s is coming back this year.
The owners of the nautical-themed food wagon along the waterfront had put the beached boat business up for sale last year, causing its fans to fret its fate.
It apparently has been sold because a new five-year lease agreement goes before the Duluth City Council on Monday. The new lease is with Service By Bill, Inc. of Brooklyn Center, Minn. A lease is needed because the boat sits on land owned by the city.
Crabby Bill’s will continue under the modified name of Crabby Ol’ Bill’s because the new owners were required to make that change. But the new vendor will continue its signature finger food cuisine of smelt, walleye baskets and smoked fish, fried cheese curds, fruit yogurt and its popular mini-donuts. It’ll also serve up barbecue pork and fried crawfish (aka Minnesota lobster) sandwiches.
The lease calls for the city to get 10 percent of the business’s gross receipts in lieu of rent. The lease allows the business to be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week, from May 15 to Sept. 30. Of course, it’s up to the new owners if they’ll be open the entire time.