CJ’s Crabhouse in Owings Mills announced Wednesday it is closing permanently due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The restaurant’s announcement on Facebook drew hundreds of comments and shares, as locals shared their memories of crab feasts and more.
“We are especially grateful to the community that has made CJ’s steamed crabs and strawberry pie a part of their summer for the past 43 years,” the restaurant’s post read.
Wednesday’s announcement came just a day after the crab house publicly apologized for an “offensive post made by a member of our establishment on their personal Facebook Page.” The employee in question was fired, the restaurant wrote in a Facebook post.
“The owners of CJ’s remain committed to providing an environment for our staff and customers that is free of discrimination and unequal treatment,” the post read.
CJ’s joins the growing list of Baltimore-area restaurants closing their doors permanently due to the economic impacts of COVID-19. Experts say anywhere from half to 85% of restaurants could permanently shutter due to the pandemic.