Eighteen TVS -- eighteen! -- hang from the walls and rafters at the Dancing Crab, a newly opened Louisiana-style seafood restaurant and sports bar in Aurora that occupies the former Shin Sa Dong space, which abruptly closed earlier this summer. The cavernous, 8,000-square-foot restaurant, now bedecked with nautical accents; wooden booths, each of which is positioned directly adjacent to its own TV screen; aluminum frills, including waves that stretch across the ceiling; a pool table; and accordion walls hued in bright colors, is the newest restaurant from Jimmy Kwan, who also owns two outposts of Seoul BBQ & Sushi.
"I've always had a plan to do this kind of restaurant, and we've been working on Cajun-style seafood recipes for almost three years, so when this space became available, we grabbed it," says Kwon, whose menu also includes a section devoted to Korean dishes, but no Korean barbecue. "I'm from Korea, so we added some Korean things, but first and foremost, this is a Louisiana-style seafood place -- crab, shrimp, crawfish and lobster -- where you can also watch soccer, football, baseball, basketball, or whatever else you want on your own TV with its own individual remote," adds Kwon.
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Dancing Crab is open from 4 p.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday; Friday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Saturday from noon to 2 a.m. and Sunday from noon to midnight. Here's a sneak peek at the space.