UPDATE AUGUST 31, 2022
Well my goodness, it’s been closer to a year now since we told you that a Mighty Crab restaurant was coming to Benton in the old Dixie Cafe building. Ok, nine months. But it’s been so long that the general public wondered if the restaurant still had plans to press forward and open a new location there.
The manager originally told me they’d be open by January or February. (I don’t think he meant 2023?) They couldn’t have known how hard it would be to get kitchen equipment and contractors.
I had some difficulty matching my schedule to the right people at the restaurant, so that I could get an answer about whether they are really, really still coming. Well of course they are. But they couldn’t pin down a date. And so we will wait…
ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED NOV 22, 2021
The banner might be difficult to read from the road, given that Arkansas winds tend to make things messy. There is a banner in the grass in front of the former Dixie Cafe property at 17306 Interstate 30 in Benton.
I got out to have a better look and it says “Mighty Crab Coming Soon.” The banner has photos of some really good looking seafood. Lobster, clams, crab legs and more. Their menu also shows tilapia, oysters, shrimp, calamari – and yes they have chicken wings, chicken tenders and a lot more seafood.
Mighty Crab has several locations already in Arkansas. The manager stated that they are coming to Benton in the beginning of the new year. January or February is what they originally said, but restaurant equipment has been hard to come by, so they have a goal to open as soon as possible.
A little history – Dixie Cafe has sat empty since about four years ago. It was then that the company announced they would be closing all locations, including 12 of their restaurants in Arkansas.