Two major restaurant groups made some serious moves that bode well for our future economy — or at least we hope so.

The Post and Courier reports this morning that the East Bay Crab Shack abruptly closed to make way for a new seafood restaurant. The Condon group sold the building to Richard Stoney and Keith Jones, who run Crew Carolina (Boathouse, Carolina’s) and Southend Brewery, respectively, and the two are planning a major renovation. They will reopen the space as Amen Street Fish and Raw Bar some time in October.

In other news, we hear that the Neighborhood Dining Group — Buccaneer, McCrady’s, Queen Anne’s Revenge — has secured a building on Queen Street and will be opening a Cajun restaurant. The source of our information is Marion Sullivan, a local Dame with her finger on the pulse of foodie news, but we’ve got a call into the group to get some more deets, which we’ll share as soon as we can.

UPDATE: Talked to Sean Brock, who says, “Honestly we have no clue what the direction is or even if we are going to move forward.” He promises to let us know when he knows.

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