At least that’s (sort of) the story behind Killer Shrimp, a very casual, very shrimp-heavy new restaurant from musician and crustacean-lover Lee Michaels, open now in Russian Hill. (Your slideshow and your menu.)
Back in 1988, Michaels and his son opened a little shrimp-only spot in Southern California. But things are a bit different now. This one’s bigger. This one’s brighter. This one has lots of beer and lots more than shrimp.
Stride in during happy hour and flag down someone with the means to bring you, say, a Pieces of Eight cocktail with rum, passion fruit and pineapple. Or a Shrimp Killa with rum, coconut cream, pineapple and nutmeg. In conclusion: rum.
If they’re doing their job, those drinks will incite cravings for shrimp soaked in secret-recipe broth, maybe with some pasta or lobster thrown in. Or a steak. There’s steak here, too.
And before long, it’ll open for breakfast. And the Mermaid bar in the back will be open for private parties and late-night goings-on.
Or whatever else happens in mermaid bars.