Crawmama's originally opened in 1987 as Crawdaddy’s Seafood Shoppe. Charlotte Webb, founder and co-owner, of the now named Crawmama’S was born and raised right here in Guntersville, Alabama. She grew up here knowing that this area was in desperate need of a fresh seafood supplier. Charlotte’s grandmother had a restaurant here, as did her parents. She wasn’t a stranger to the business but she had no idea what the future had in store for her.
So, after several years as a devoted mother and wife, Charlotte came to realize that she should be the one to bring the fresh seafood to Guntersville. She decided that there was no time like the present to try the idea that she had talked about for many years.
She began by driving to Bon Secour, Alabama and purchasing fresh seafood right off the boats. Then, she would transport the seafood back here and sell it out of her van on the side of the road, literally. She and her daughter, C. Kathryn Baucom, spent many weekends selling fresh shrimp and oysters.
Six months later, the demand for seafood had grown so much that she had to have a commercial space to sell the seafood. So, she leased a family owned location and set-up as a seafood shoppee and 12 seat oyster bar, named Crawdaddy’s. She offered raw and baked oysters, as well as, fresh shrimp. The first night she was open, the building was so full that the customers were going outside and using the sawhorses that were used during construction as tables and their car headlights for lighting. Charlotte immediately realized that this space was not going to be near big enough.
This expansion doubled the menu and offered about 125 total seats. Over the next couple years, the business grew so much that Charlotte knew she would have to expand again.
Upon her daughters 18th birthday, Charlotte decided to make her a legal partner, giving Kathryn half of the business. It was at this time that she realized that while the name Crawdaddy’s was cute, there were no men involved. So, she and her daughter decided that Crawmama’S was much more appropriate.
With the name change, the third expansion began. The third expansion brought the seating capacity up to 250 people and a menu with over 75 items on it. The last expansion was just completed in 2006 to add outside seating and live entertainment. This last expansion brings the seating capacity to just over 300 people.
In 2008, we added our liquor license which gave us the ability to add mixed drinks and the hard stuff to our drink menu choices. Ladies prefer a Strawberry Daquiri over a tall frosty Beer? We got you covered!
Guntersville is a small town. It is truly amazing to think that on any given Friday or Saturday night, at a restaurant of this size, one might still have to wait for a table.