Chaodong Chen, also known as Leo, is the owner and operator of Crafty Crab, located in Lakeland, Florida. This is a highly regarded seafood restaurant in Polk County.

Chaodong was trained in the restaurant business and has a degree in food management. 

Some of the services Crafty Crab provides include a variety of seafood, cocktails with a full bar and televisions for customers to watch their favorite sporting events.

When it comes to providing expert restaurant services, nothing takes the place of experience. Chaodong began working in a restaurant industry 13 years ago and opened Crafty Crab in August 2020.

People often choose Crafty Crab because of their fresh food served by friendly servers and bartenders in a fun, relaxing environment. They have excellent reviews and have over 17 locations throughout Florida.

The result, one of the most successful seafood restaurant companies in Lakeland!  

What do their customers think?

One fan of the company publicly wrote, “The service was excellent… Thank you, Leo (Chaodong) ! The food was delicious. I would definitely recommend this beautiful location. Gorgeous bar. The price of the food is excellent and fair.”

Another fan of the Crafty Crab publicly wrote, “Had a great experience tonight. The food was great. Server Amber was the best, friendly, courteous & was attentive. Mel made a good drink at the bar. Leo (Chaodong) was so friendly. Very welcoming at the door by the hostess. Clean environment. Loved the atmosphere. I recommend visiting this place and I surely will again. Thank you to all the friendly staff.”

Business owners take risks and often work long, exhaustive hours to service their clients. There are freedoms in owning a business, but these freedoms come at a cost. Rarely acknowledged are business owners like Chaodong (Leo) Chen that employ people and ensure their staff are paid continuously. Sure, people earn their wages through their time, hard work and skills, but let’s take a moment and thank Chaodong (Leo) for having and continuing the business ownership game that allows people an opportunity to produce and earn those wages.

Need restaurant service? Give Crafty Crab an opportunity by visiting them at 4266 US Hwy 98 N, Lakeland or by calling them at 863-393-6868. Or visit one of the other locations throughout Florida, Pennsylvania and Texas with more to come.

In addition to running a successful restaurant business, Chaodong supports the local community.

So from the staff of Local Search Force that runs the County Advisory Board

Chaodong (Leo) Chen, you are highly commended for your service to the residents of Polk County, for having and maintaining a business that adds to the financial well-being of Florida and for your willingness to participate in social betterment activities.


Well done Chaodong (Leo) Chen!


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