About Frenchy’s Stone Crab Weekend

The Stone Crab Weekend phenomena was started by Frenchy’s in 1984 when owner, Michael “Frenchy” Preston, decided to offer his signature, fresh stone crab claws to the general public for just above cost.  Today, visitors from around the world flock to Frenchy’s restaurants to enjoy the fresh claws and festive “beach party” atmosphere when season opens on October 15.

“Stone Crab Weekend is the biggest event we have all year,” said Preston. “It’s amazing how many people come here to enjoy our fresh stone crab claws with us year after year.  Some actually plan their vacations around this event!”

In its 40th year, the Stone Crab Weekend block party has more than just those tasty claws to offer. Fun activities and accommodation specials will be posted soon!

About Frenchy’s Restaurants: In 1981, Michael “Frenchy” Preston opened the Original Café at 41 Baymont St. with a mission to serve the best and freshest seafood possible on Clearwater Beach. Within a very short time, the Cafe became a popular spot for locals and visitors alike. Staying true to his mission, Frenchy opened his own seafood company to ensure a constant source of fresh seafood to the Café.

His success continued on Clearwater Beach with the opening of Saltwater Café in 1989, Rockaway Grill in 1991 and South Beach Café in 2003, and Frenchy’s Outpost Bar & Grill in 2013. Four decades later, Frenchy’s restaurants are still regarded as a staple for delicious, fresh-from-the-gulf seafood and reasonable prices in a fun, friendly atmosphere.

About Frenchy’s Stone Crab Company: Originally known as “The Ozona Fish Company,” established 1916, Frenchy’s Stone Crab Company was comprised of independent crabbers that focus their efforts only on the Florida stone crab. With the support and dedication of these professional crab boat captains – many who’ve been crabbing for us for over 20 years – we continue to harvest, cook, chill, and ship this special seafood product during season (October 15 – May 1).

This Palm Harbor, Florida location was solely dedicated to the processing of the stone crab harvest. Then in 2019, a modest retail area was added to offer customers all the fresh seafood from our docks.

Needless to say, things blew up from there! Increased demand in both stone crab and our fresh seafood prompted the move to a completely remodeled and much larger facility on the Dunedin Causeway.

Now branded as Frenchy’s Stone Crab & Seafood Market, our HACCP certified, and FDA approved mail order business resides right next to our massive and spotless local seafood market. Whether you live in Ann Arbor, Michigan, or you’re a local walk-in lured by the scent of our awesome steamer bar, everyone can enjoy a Frenchy’s fresh seafood experience!