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Death of Bob Chinn, namesake of the prominent Wheeling Crab House

Bob Chinn, the restaurateur known for creating the suburban institution that bears his name, has died aged 99, according to a post on the company’s Facebook page.

Bob Chinn’s Crabhouse restaurant announced the passing of its “intrepid chef, friend and family member” in a somber message on Friday night.

“To know him was to love him and he was known to so many,” the post read in part. “His larger-than-life personality and famous taste buds have given us 99 fantastic years of excitement, innovation and countless smiles.”

Founded in 1982, Bob Chinn’s Crabhouse has become one of America’s 100 most profitable restaurants and an icon of the restaurant industry, according to its website. Years earlier, in 1978, Chinn and her daughter, Marilyn, traveled across the United States to research a Midwestern seafood restaurant that Chinn had “considered for some time.”

Since then, Bob Chinn’s has grown to a staff of 320 and serves nearly one million customers a year.

The restaurant said it would celebrate Chinn’s life and more information will be provided in the coming days.

For now, people are welcome to share their stories about Chinn and any photos they may have taken with him. Photos and stories can be submitted via email to [email protected]

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