Shanghai Street Food & Bar now open in downtown Roswell

Lobster fried rice from Shanghai Street Food.
Lobster fried rice from Shanghai Street Food.

Restaurant takes over the Krespo’s Seafood House space

Chinese-inspired cuisine is now being served up in downtown Roswell.

Shanghai Street Food & Bar opened last month at 108 Magnolia St., taking the place of Portuguese seafood restaurant Krespo’s Seafood House. The deal was brokered by Steve Josovitz of The Schumacher Group, Inc.

Shanghai owner Aaron Smith said he hopes to recreate the vibe of the street food in China’s largest city with his new venture.

“The city of Shanghai is influenced by cultures old and new, of both the East and West,” Smith said in a prepared statement. “There is no better source of inspiration to create something in the area that’s truly never been done before.”

Shanghai’s Kitchen will be overseen by Robbie Pacheco, former executive chef of 356 restaurant located in the Porsche Experience Center of Atlanta.

The menu includes “light bites” including duck confit wings, jackfruit salad and pork dumplings; fried rice bowls; and house specialties including dan dan noodles, crispy beef and lobster fried rice.

“I’ve always had a love for ethnic cuisine and have many memories eating in New York and Chicago’s Chinatown districts as a young chef,” Pacheco said in a prepared statement. “When I saw the opportunity to do a concept in Roswell, modern Chinese street food just made sense to me. It’s edgy, different, yet familiar. I don’t want all the pretentious vibe you might get from fine dining. I want to bring late night Chinatown to Downtown Roswell.”

Krespo’s, which opened in 2014, served a variety of fish and seafood dishes. Josovitz said there are not currently plans for the restaurant to reopen in another location.

108 Magnolia St., Roswell. 678-682-3441, eatdrinkshanghai.com

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