Feb. 17, 2015 By Christian Murray
The Waterfront Crab House, one of the last vestiges of Long Island City, closed for good Sunday.
The closure comes just three weeks after the owner of the long-time establishment Tony Mazzarella passed away. He had owned the Crab House, located at 2-03 Borden Avenue, for decades.
The Waterfront Crab House first opened its doors at in 1977 and Mazzarella quickly filled it with boxing and historic memorabilia dating back to the early 1900s. On Monday, the sporting memorabilia still hung from the walls.
A sign was placed on the front door of the Crab House Sunday that read: “It is with deep regret and heavy hearts that we inform you that due to the passing of Tony Mazzarella we must close the Waterfront Crabhouse.”
One of Mazzarella’s children was at the restaurant Monday but did not want to discuss what his plans are for the restaurant or the real estate.
Many people have held weddings, parties and social events at the Crab House over the years.
The site has a lot of history; there was a bar at 2-03 Borden Avenue back in the 1880s.