After spending the '90s and early 2000s in the NFL and CFL playing for the Raiders, the Green Bay Packers and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, KD Williams and his wife Erika returned to their West Tampa roots.
In April, they decided to open a restaurant there, right in the neighborhood where they grew up.
On Oct. 15, they hosted a grand opening of their new seafood take-out eatery, K & D Crustaceans, where they sell fresh Maine lobsters, Maine sweet quick red crabs, Maine rock crabs, snow crab clusters, shrimp, mussels and oysters.
"We go up to Maine where we have a boat, pull the traps we had set and bring back the lobsters," Erika said.
Using family recipes, collaborating with friends and even the spice shop next door, the Williams create flavorful sauces to top the seafood.
"I grew up in a big family so going out to eat was never an option, so we were always cooking," Erika said.
On Dec. 30, K & D Crustaceans will roll out a new menu item: lobster rolls.
Diners can choose a traditional roll, a savory style or spicy.
"Our whole objective is to bring good quality seafood and sell it at an economical price. We want everyone to be able to indulge," Erika said.
The Williams are already looking at a second location in Brandon where they will open a full-service restaurant.
K & D Crustaceans is located at 2917 W Cypress St., next to Alessi Bakery. They are open Tuesdays through Saturdays.
For more information call, (813) 769-9349 or visit, facebook.com/KandDCrustaceans.
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