Marietta brother-sister team, Kevin and Kammie Sakprasit, is bringing fresh seafood from the Gulf’s waters to Cobb County. Pier 213, located just blocks away from Marietta Square, opened on Feb. 13.
Patch: How would you describe your business? What is the atmosphere/style like?
Kevin Sakprasit: Family friendly, casual and relaxing dining with delicious food made from fresh ingredients at a very reasonable price.
Patch: Do you have a signature dish?
Sakprasit: All of the blue crab items on the menu are our specialties – e.g. crab cake & crab claws. The reason for this is because we also own a seafood processing company in Mobile, Alabama. In fact, some of the most notable restaurants in Atlanta and many like them throughout the country use our fresh-picked crab meats.
Patch: What sets your restaurant apart from others of its kind?
Sakprasit: We have been operating a seafood processing company in the gulf for almost ten years and our specialty is fresh-picked blue crabs. Most of our main ingredients come directly from us or sources like us.
Patch: Who is your chef? Where did they learn to cook?
Sakprasit: We have several chefs working for us. One started Van Gogh in Roswell, another works for New York Prime in conjunction to working for us and another chef owned and operated two sushi restaurants. There are several experienced kitchen staff working with them to ensure our customers receive the highest quality food. Collectively they have over 75 years of food business experience.
Patch: What is your favorite dish?
Sakprasit: Any of our crab dishes, i.e. crabcake, crab claws, crab cake po’boy, roast beef po’boy with smoked liverwurst, parmesan baked oysters on a half-shell, crawfish and blue crab boil.
Patch: What is the hardest part of having a successful restaurant in Cobb?
Sakprasit: So far, we haven’t encountered too much difficulty other than the common nuances of opening a restaurant, like making sure we have proper licensing and things are up to code. The people we deal with from regulatory stand point have been extremely helpful and pleasant to work with. It is something all businesses have to comply with and we are no exception.
Patch: What is your favorite part of owning a restaurant?
Sakprasit: We obviously like and embrace the spirit of entrepreneurship of this country. We love interacting with guests, the people we get to meet and the sense of satisfaction we get when our customers tell us how much they enjoyed the products and services that we offered. Getting to know people and having made many friends as a result of our past business endeavors have proved to be extremely rewarding from a personal standpoint as well as business success.
Patch: How did you get into the restaurant business?
Sakprasit: We own a seafood processing company so getting into the restaurant business is a natural vertical integration of our existing business.
Patch: Why did you choose Cobb for your restaurant location?
Sakprasit: We have lived in Cobb County 26 years of the 27 since we immigrated to the US. Cobb County and Marietta in particular is where our entire family grew up. We sensed that we had a specialized product in what we currently do down by the Gulf of Mexico, so we wanted to expand that into a restaurant in our own backyard. We’ve also operated a beverage retail business about a mile from our restaurant for about eight years before venturing into seafood processing company.
Examples of appetizers include ($4.00-$8.50):
- Fried green beans
- Clams casino
Fried plates are served with two vegetables or fries and hush puppies. Examples include ($6.99-$15.99):
- Crab claws
- Combo plate with shrimp, oyster and fish
Steamed and fish plates are serve with two vegetables or fries and hush puppies. Examples include ($10.99-$13.99):
- Steamed shrimp or crawfish
- Grilled tuna or salmon
- Tilapia Oscar
Sandwiches are served with fries or hush puppies. Examples include ($6.99-$10.99):
- The classic po’ boy sandwich with oyster, shrimp, clam, catfish, soft shell crab or roast beef.
- Chicken sandwich
Examples of side items include (50 cents-$2):
- Hush puppies
- Red potatoes
- Cole slaw
- Green beans
Examples of desserts include ($4.99):
- Sticky toffee pudding
- Key lime pie
Hours: Mon-Sat 11:00 AM – 10:00PM Sun 11:30 AM – 4:00PM
Location: 35 S Marietta Parkway, Marietta GA 30064