Kristi Love, Special to the AFRO

After five years of trying and failing at numerous business endeavors, Lenell Watson finally listened to a little bird in his ear – his wife – and created Crab Boss Crab Shack, an establishment that provides Florida style seafood. “I saw the potential in him and told him he needed to try it,” Ashleigh Watson told the AFRO. “Follow your dreams and know that you are never failing and you will succeed eventually.”


(Left to right) Prince George’s County Councilman Jamel R. (Mel) Franklin (D-District 9), Larry Hentz, director of Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation, Lenell Watson, Leighla Watson (Daughter), Asheligh Watson (Wife) ; Back row: Ian Richardson (Lenell’s Dad), Mercedes Richardson (Lenell’s Mother). (Photo by John Relosa, Creative Hysteria LLC)

The Crab Shack celebrated its grand opening in Brandywine, Md. on Aug. 5-6. The shack is located at 1425 Brandywine Rd.

District 9 Council Member Mel Franklin and Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation’s (EDC) Director of Business Development Larry Hentz attended the establishment’s ribbon cutting ceremony. “Crab Boss is home grown and in my district,” Franklin said. “It’s about the American Dream. Prince George’s is open for business and more than that we are all about helping small business grow and excel.”

Crab Boss sells a variety of seafood dishes, including “Crab Fries” (with a special sauce) and seafood combos consisting of crab, shrimp, and lobster. The establishment has more than 73,000 followers on Instagram (@crabboss00).

Hentz, who focuses on creating more quality restaurants and food options in the county, was enthusiastic about the EDC helping Lenell make the Crab Boss successful. “It was important for me to help him continue the legacy his Grandfather instilled in him. He can now provide for his family and serve his community,” he said.

Born and raised in Pensacola, Florida, Lenell brought his grandfather’s crab recipe to the mid-Atlantic area because he saw a culture he did not see in the south. Since June 1, 2015, Lenell has progressed from serving meals to family and friends in his home to delivering meals in a food truck to opening a restaurant.

“I saw an opportunity here, and I knew I had to leave the south where their thinking was not as progressive as it is in this area,” he told the AFRO. Crab Boss is open for business Wednesday through Saturday from noon-9 p.m.