Not long after the Durham restaurant staple Shrimp Boats shut its doors permanently last October, chef Ricky Moore bought the restaurant’s old space, which he plans to turn into a second location for his popular Saltbox Seafood Joint.
The original Saltbox Seafood is more than seven times smaller than what is available at the old Shrimp Boats location on Durham-Chapel Hill Boulevard. The Shrimp Boats building will give Moore enough space to have indoor and outdoor seating and a chance to expand the menu, a luxury he did not have at the original Saltbox shack.
That lack of space at the Saltbox on Mangum Street hasn’t hampered the success of Moore’s fresh seafood business, as Saltbox has quickly become a beloved go-to in its five years of operation.
“It’s exceeded expectations because folks treat me like a regular restaurant,” Moore told The News & Observer.
The new Saltbox will be open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and have 48 seats. It will likely open in April.
Moore purchased the Shrimp Boats building in November for $375,000, according to county records.
Former Shrimp Boats owner Nancy Norwood-Yousef told The Herald-Sun in October that she was sad to close the restaurant, but added that she’d received an offer for the building the family couldn’t refuse.