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After 66 years, Phillips shutters its iconic OC crab house

Phillips Crab House, which for decades served crabs and seafood to generations of Ocean City beachgoers and became a landmark of the Maryland resort town, has closed.
The Phillips family announced Monday that after 66 years they have decided to focus on their Baltimore restaurant and their retail, food service and international businesses.
“The Phillips family has made the difficult decision to sell our Phillips Crab House property in Ocean City, Maryland, and the location has now permanently closed,” the restaurant said on its Facebook page. “Over our 66 seasons in business, we’ve served millions of families, vacationers and OC locals, and our family feels so fortunate to have earned the loyalty of our guests, who came back year after year to build their vacation memories with us. Thank you for being such a wonderful part of our story.”
The sprawling crab house was a traditional stop for tens of thousands of vacationers every summer. And the family parlayed the restaurant’s Ocean City popularity into a broader business that spread far from its Maryland roots.
“While it is extremely difficult for our family to say goodbye to the Crab House, we will take with us all the memories from the days and nights with our coworkers and guests, the lessons we have all learned from working together as a strong team, and the friendships we have grown over the years. As we move forward, we will continue to build on the strong foundation that our original Crab House location gave us. We remain firmly planted in Maryland and will dedicate our resources in support of our Baltimore restaurant location, Baltimore culinary center and the growth of our retail, club, foodservice, and international business.”