There’s nothing shrimpy about the plans of Shrimp House, the Brazilian-based, crustacean and pasta-oriented chain that next week will open its third South Florida location in Town Center at Boca Raton, a prelude to opening more than 30 eateries throughout the state by 2015 as part of a $20 million expansion plan.
Called Vivenda do Camarao (“Shrimp House”) in Brazil, the company operates 160 restaurants in that country and neighboring Paraguay, and intends to expand to California and Texas once its Florida projects have been completed.
Unlike Shrimp Houses in Coral Springs and Miami’s Dadeland Mall, the 600-square-foot Boca House will offer both food court counter service and a conventional sit-down restaurant with space, facilities and equipment for business and social meetings. Design touches will include back-lit bamboo walls, decorative light fixtures and a Dophins-esque teal and orange color scheme.
As for food, the restaurant features farm-raised Brazilian shrimp in a variety of multi-culti guises, from Milanese and Thai-style risotto to shrimp salad and shrimp stroganoff pasta to paella and Brazilian-style shrimp moqueca. Of course, you can also get your crustaceans (and calamari and fish fingers) fried and served with—what else?—french fries. Desserts include Key lime pie and dulce de leche cheesecake.