Chad Dillon, a 33-year-old entrepreneur and restauranteur, has achieved massive success as the young owner of The Boiler Seafood and Crab Boil, a Black-owned Atlanta-based restaurant that serves fried lobster tails, fried king crab, fried catfish, hushpuppies, and more. After just one year in the business, his restaurant has already generated $8 million in sales.
Chad who was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York to Jamaican parents, has always had a knack for business. Upon noticing a gap in the market, he seized the opportunity to bring an upscale seafood boil experience to Atlanta. He initially wanted to be a franchisee of The Juicy Crab but was denied. That was when he decided to take a risk and launch his own concept.
In January 2019, Chad started planning for The Boiler Seafood and secured a building lease in Atlanta’s prominent Buckhead neighborhood in August 2019. Although the global pandemic presented significant challenges at that time, Chad remained resilient and determined to bring his vision to life. On December 4, 2020, The Boiler Seafood opened its doors, quickly gaining popularity and becoming Buckhead’s number one seafood and crab boil restaurant.
“I am a thinker and innovator, so even without a culinary background, I enjoy finding voids in the business market and creating solutions; creating restaurant concepts from ideation to execution, coming up with new menu items, and creating amazing customer experiences. I’m also very hands-on. I spend about 10+ hours a day being in the restaurant, running errands, and handling needed logistics for the restaurant,” he told Travel Noire.
The Boiler Seafood’s menu features a wide range of seafood options, including snow crab legs, blue crabs, mussels, and crawfish. The restaurant’s signature seafood boil bags, combining seafood with potatoes, corn, and a special sauce, have been a hit with customers. Additionally, the restaurant offers enticing alternatives such as seafood egg rolls and various fried options.
Learn more about The Boiler via its official website at TheBoilerAtlanta.com
Be sure to follow them on Instagram @TheBoilerAtlanta
Also, support the business by going to its location at 2425 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30324