The Crazy Crab Story

High school sweethearts, Charles and Olivia Williams, will celebrate The Crazy Crab Restaurant’s 20th Anniversary on June 8th, 2019. The pair began dating when they were students at Northumberland High School, their alma mater. After Olivia finished college at Smithdeal-Massey Business School in Richmond, Virginia, and Charles came home from his four years in the Navy, they tied the knot at a Christmas Wedding on December 27, 1970 at Tibitha Church of God in Reedville. Both were children of watermen, and Charles worked for his father on the river. They had two children, Chip Williams in 1974, and Reid Williams in 1980. Over the years, Olivia juggled being a mom to her two boys while working jobs at Huff & Puff Cat Food in Burgess, the Law Office in Historic Heathsville, Harold Haynie’s Insurance Company in Reedville, and even helped run a little boutique in Burgess called “The Peanut Gallery”. In the early 1970’s, the Slaughter Family decided to sell the factory and land where T.C. Slaughter Company’s Huff and Puff Pet Foods Incorporated was located. Charles took the opportunity to purchase the property with the hope of building something there one day. In the meantime, Charles received his pilot’s license, and for 18 years he was a spotter pilot for Zapata (Haynie) Protein, which is now Omega Protein. In the late 1990’s, Charles decided it was time to do something with their beautiful, riverfront property. He loved the idea of putting a restaurant there because he knew he could fill it, but he wasn’t sure if it would be profi table. He took the risk, bulldozed down the old factory, and built Reedville Marina and The Crazy Crab Restaurant himself. The Crazy Crab opened its doors on June 8th, 1999, and before long, it was not only filled with customers, it was indeed making a profit! Charles says running the restaurant and marina has always been fun! He and Olivia have been blessed to work with a lot of great people over the years who have made the business not only a success, but a staple in Historic Reedville and a huge part of the community. Happy 20th Anniversary to The Crazy Crab!

The Crazy Crab Story