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Jun 18, 2001 11:26 AM


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Disastrous news for Crab House fans on the road between New York and Washington: Gabler's has closed and is for sale. All I can ask is, does anyone know another place on the stretch of road between Wilmington and Baltimore which sits directly on the water, looks like a summer camp dining room (complete with screened windows and peeling paint), serves splendid local crabs and crab cakes (and not too much else), features cold beer and is, in every sense of the word, irreplaceable?

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  1. Thats really terrible news - it was a wonderful place, but perhaps a little too off the beaten track (that was part of its charm). Totally without pretensions, with those kids kids humping galvanized tubs of steaming crabs from the shack out back. Im so sorry.

    I can only imagine the site will redeveloped as a condo development for seniors, or some such, like all the other charming spots along the shore.

    3 Replies
    1. re: jen kalb

      I think you are exactly right, Jen. What a pity. Getting there was half the fun.

      1. re: Elliot

        I just stumbled upon this website and learned the news of Gabler's. I am the third generation of my family to live on the Bush River (across the water from Gabler's -- we canoe there) and had no idea they were closing. When, or why??? My grandmother used to reminisce about them and I grew up going there when we couldn't catch them ourselves. This is absolutely terrible! I am glad, though, that there are a few people out there that have visited and will remember it with fondness.

        1. re: Heather

          There seems to be some info re the status of Gablers on the blue crab website - you or your family may be able to find out more - or there may be yet be hope. Please update us if you find out anything more!

          Meanwhile, welcome to Chowhound!


    2. Well, I just found out a few minutes ago when I tried to call Gabler's to make reservations, and I am just crushed. I moved to New York some time ago, but since I'll be in town for my high school reunion, I decided to throw together a crab party for all of my friends - where we shall have it now is anyone's guess. I grew up in Aberdeen - you couldn't live there without going to Gabler's every summer at least once. Perhaps someone will rescue it - Cal Ripken, you're going into retirement - what do you think???!! You're a hometown boy. . .