Crabby Bill’s on Clearwater Beach Sports Fresh New Look

After serving 17 years as a popular local restaurant, it became apparent to the owners of Crabby’s Dockside (or Crabby Bill’s) and the City of Clearwater that the restaurant needed a fresh new look. Crabby’s provided the winning architectural proposal in a competition to the City of Clearwater to build a new restaurant and renew a 30-year lease.3 The old building, a converted gas station dating back to the 1970s, was demolished to make room for a new building and plaza designed by Klar and Klar Architects.2 Klar and Klar Architects and interior designers worked together with Crabby’s team to create a modern design which includes three stories providing three separate and unique dining experiences. On March 31, 2017, Crabby’s reopened with a unique open, colorful, and airy look.

Klar and Klar Architects’ award-winning coastal designs complement the upbeat beach environment. “We wanted to create a piece of architecture that was exemplary of the current trends happening on Clearwater Beach,” says Steve Klar, principal architect and co-founder of Klar and Klar Architects. “Crabby’s custom architecture creates a seamless experience for the beach crowd where they can fully enjoy all the beauty and tranquility the beach environment has to offer.”

The new Crabby Bill’s includes a third-floor protected rooftop deck with some of the most spectacular panoramic views of Clearwater Beach.3 An outside bar area and sidewalk seating on the first floor were designed to accommodate more casual beachgoers.2 For Clearwater’s hot summer days, the second story offers air conditioning dining with floor-to-ceiling windows installed to offer gorgeous views while beating the heat.2

Since the design has been completed, Crabby Bill’s has been immensely busy as both locals and tourists clamor for fresh seafood in a beautiful setting. “We’re glad we could artistically contribute to the development of the local coastal aesthetic and allow the new architecture to bring people to this tried and true family spot,” Klar added. “As the new Crabby’s is the first building you see when approaching the roundabout on Clearwater Beach, it was important to highlight both the modern nature of redesigned Clearwater Beach and the natural beauty of the gulf coast.”

Klar and Klar Architects is dedicated to providing unique, contemporary, organic architectural design to the Tampa Bay Area in order to inject life and improve the culture of the bay communities. Their buildings are designed to sustain the test of time and improve the visually built environment and culture of the area.

Since 2001, Crabby Bill’s in Clearwater Beach has been serving quality seafood at its 37 Causeway Boulevard location. Crabby Bill’s in Clearwater Beach is currently managed by Prime Cost Management Group.2 The company manages three Crabby’s locations, including Crabby Bill’s Clearwater Beach, Crabby’s Bar & Grill and Crabby Bill’s St. Cloud.2

Opal Sands Resort Now Open in Clearwater Beach

OPAL Sands Resort, the newest property under Ocean Properties, Ltd. & Affiliates, opened this week in Clearwater Beach, setting the bar for luxury beachfront accommodations in Florida’s #1 Best Beach Town, as named by USA Today. Clearwater Beach was also recently recognized as #1 Best Beach in the U.S. and #20 Best Beach in the World in TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards.

Inspired by the powdery white sands and lively atmosphere, OPAL Sands Resort brings upscale accommodations with a contemporary feel to Florida’s Gulf Coast. The curvature of the property, designed by Design Duncan Miller Ullmann, gives every room a clear view of the stunning gulf sunsets with all 230 guest rooms and suites offering spectacular oceanfront views, private balconies, and modern amenities. The property’s chic décor, stylized wood accents, and subtle touches of turquoise and blue are perfectly suited for the beachfront escape.

Opal Sands Resort offers a wide range of upscale amenities and services. The zero-entry outdoor pool and sun deck are perfect for kicking back with a handcrafted cocktail while a state-of-the-art fitness center, luxury spa, and retail shops round out the on-property diversions.

With a variety of dining options, OPAL Sands Resort features Sea-Guini, Sea-Guini Lounge, Reflections pool bar, and beachside Sand Bar. Sea-Guini offers a tropical twist on seafood-centric Italian dining. Farm-fresh and sea-to-table ingredients are infused throughout the menus at this three-meal-a-day spot, with unprecedented views of the water and Gulf of Mexico sunsets. The spacious, outdoor tiki bar, Sand Bar, serves signature cocktails, as well as dozens of classic libations, using only the freshest juices, fruits, purées, and hand-picked herbs.

The Gulf views also provide the perfect backdrop for special events, weddings, celebrations and meetings, as the resort will offer 17,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space, and 3,366 square feet of event lawn for elegant outdoor affairs.

Complementing the beauty of Clearwater Beach, OPAL Sands Resort showcases a specially commissioned collection of artwork by local Floridian artists. With a variety of paintings, sculptures, and mixed-material collaborations, featured artists include Christopher Still, Mark Aeling, Carrie Jadus, Duncan McClellan, Mariel Bass, and Arnold Ruiz.

Conceived from a desire to offer Clearwater visitors a refreshing blend of casual beachfront luxury and lively ambiance, OPAL Sands is walking distance from the entertainment and activity of the boardwalk and nearby island-style shopping, as well as an ideal launch pad for land and water activities, tours, museums, galleries, and more. It’s also conveniently located between two international airports, just 25-35 minutes from both Tampa International Airport and St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport, with direct flights from major U.S. cities.