Next year will be the last year for Obrycki's restaurant on Pratt Street.
The storied crab house will open on the third Thursday in March, as it has for years. But when it closes next November, it will be for good, according to Rob Cernak, whose parents, Rose and Richard Cernak, purchased the original Obrycki's in 1976
"We made the decision," Cernak said, "entirely for quality of life issues." Cernak added that business was up 16 percent this past year from the previous one.
Cernak said that there is the possibility of another crab house coming into the Pratt Street location, even one selling crabs using the exclusive Obrycki's recipe. But such a place will not be called Obrycki's.
The Cernak family will continue on with Obrycki's mail-order and satellite operations, including restaurants at Thurgood Marshall BWI Airport and Cleveland Hopkins Airport.
When Cernak and his sisters told their mother about their decision to close the Pratt Street restaurant, he said she told them, "I can't wait to see what people have to say, but I'll be really upset it they didn't talk about us."
Rose Cernak died on Sept. 26.