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October 7, 2014 - Letter from Harry Chapin Food Bank to Laishley Crab House

August 16, 2014 - Anniversary Crab Fest Party at Laishley Crab House
Laishley Crab House and Smugglers Enterprises, Inc. are excited to celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Crab House on August 16th, 2014.

After Hurricane Charley severely damaged most of the Punta Gorda waterfront, a group of local businessmen working together as Smugglers Enterprises created a concept for a new waterfront dining location in the heart of Punta Gorda. In 2009 their concept became a reality as the Laishley Crab House opened at the newly renovated Laishley Park Municipal Marina.

Focusing on fresh seafood, flown-in crabs from Alaska, an exciting sushi bar, and great steaks, the Laishley Crab House has become the premier waterfront dining location in Charlotte County.  The interior of the Crab House is no less remarkable as rustic hand cut boards and hundreds of fish, animal, and bird carvings adorn the posts, mantles, and beams of the main bar area.

5 years later the Laishley Crab House still remains the dining destination on Punta Gorda’s waterfront.  In celebration of the 5 year anniversary, the Crab House is throwing a party! Actually a Crab-Fest and Street Party, to be held adjacent to the restaurant in the Laishley Park Courtyard and on Laishley Court on August 16th, 2014.

The “Crab-Fest” will feature a great selection of seafood including Alaskan King Crab, Snow Crab, Shrimp, Scallops, Mahi-Mahi, Southern Fried Catfish, and special dishes such as a Seafood Boil and Seafood Rice.  Fresh Sushi will also be available. In addition to the great food and beverages available, there will also be a vendor area with lots of great shopping options.  Throughout the day there will be raffles with all of the proceeds earmarked for the Vietnam Wall Memorial Fund for the Laishley Park Memorial Wall.

The festivities will kick off at 3:00pm with the REEL Ladies Fishing Tournament Weigh-In, which benefits the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.  Live Music begins at 3:30pm with Jersey Vic, The Jack Michael Band takes the stage at 5:30 with an acoustic show, and then Cecilia Lauren and the Ocoee River Band will headline the night with a great performance at 8:00pm. There will be a special appearance by the Jack Daniels Honey Girls from 7:00 to 9:00 with free sampling and lots of giveaways!

For more information regarding the Crab-Fest, 5th Anniversary Celebration of the Laishley Crab House please visit www.LaishleyCrabHouse.com or call 941.637.5953. Click on the flyer below for full details.

July 23, 2014 - Letter of Recognition received from Florida Congressman Tom Rooney recognizing Smuggler's charitable contributions in the community.

July 1, 2014 - Letter of Recognition received from Florida Governor Rick Scott congratulating Smuggler's
for being 1 of only 23 food establishments in Florida to have no inspection violations.

October 25-27 and 30-31, 2013 - Haunting on the Harbor is back! The annual Halloween festival returns to Punta Gorda on October 25-27 with a Haunted House Encore on October 30-31. Visit www.PuntaGordaHaunting.com for full details!

October 12-13, 2013 - The 12th Annual Flatsmasters Redfish Series Championship will be held at Laishley Crab House.

October 1, 2013 - We're proud that Punta Gorda is a finalist for Rand McNally's Most Beautiful Small Town in America contest!

September 15, 2013 - New Looks For Smuggler's Restaurants - Charlotte Sun

February 16, 2013 - Seeking to make a difference through successful community partnerships - From the January 24-30, 2013 edition of Florida Weekly. Smuggler's Chief Operations Officer, Chris Evans, discusses the mission and goals of Smuggler's Community Foundation.

August 16, 2012 - Habitat, Smuggler's turn houses into homes - Charlotte Sun


July 4, 2012 - Punta Gorda Fourth Fest Celebration at Laishley Park

April 15, 2012 - Chris Evans receives Punta Gorda Police Department’s Community Alliance Award

April 12, 2012 - Chris Evans & Smuggler's Culinary Catering in Wedding Style Magazine

March 2-4, 2012 - Punta Gorda BBQ & Music Festival

February 29, 2012 - There is a reason that chef Robert Irvine went to Laishley Crab House - Examiner.com

February 11, 2012 - Charlotte Harbor Chili Challenge & Beer Festival

February 4, 2012 - Tayzer Concert at the Laishley Crab House Courtyard
Read Punta Gorda Florida Today's article about Tayzer's live concert.

October 28-31, 2011 - Haunting on the Harbor is back at Laishley Park!

October 18, 2011 - Do you have what it takes to battle the brisket? Laishley Crab House is host to this multi-event food eating competition presented by Smuggler's with events starting in November 2011 and the Championship decided at the March 2012 Punta Gorda BBQ Festival. For more information, please visit www.battleofthebrisket.com.

October 14, 2011 - This clip from Restaurant Impossible's Cap'n and the Cowboy Episode features a field trip to Laishley Crab House filmed July 26, 2011 and began airing on the Food Network in October 2011. Thanks to all involved for the opportunity to be on the show. Laishley Crab House wishes the Cap'n and the Cowboy the best of luck and hope they have many successful years to come.

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