Luke's Lobster Is Opening in Boston's Back Bay
Several months ago, we reported that a New York-based group of eateries featuring lobster rolls was apparently looking into expanding to Boston. Now we have learned that at least one location will indeed be coming to the city.
According to a Twitter post from Donna Goodison of The Boston Herald, Luke's Lobster is looking to open within the Avalon Exeter apartment tower on Exeter Street in the Back Bay, confirming earlier expansion plans that include New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and possibly Chicago. Luke Holden, a former lobsterman and Maine resident, first started the group of lobster shacks in New York's East Village in 2009 with his father along with business partner Ben Conniff; a total of 12 locations are now in operation, as well as a food truck.
[December 31 update: Donna Goodison tells us that according to a zoning board of appeal notice in the Herald from AvalonBay Communities, the owner of the Avalon Exeter apartment tower is petitioning to open Luke's Lobster within the building, so while it is not yet a done deal, it is indeed in the works.]
[June 1, 2015 update: BostInno states that Luke's Lobster is indeed planning to come the Avalon Exeter tower, with the restaurant looking to open in the middle of July. The article says that the new eatery would be a casual seafood shack that gets its lobster from Maine, and in addition to lobster rolls, there will also be chowder and bisque along with crab rolls, shrimp rolls, and more.]
[June 19, 2015 update: A City of Boston Licensing Board page indicates that the Back Bay location of Luke's Lobster could be one step closer to reality next week; it has applied for a common victualler license, with the hearing taking place on Wednesday, June 24.]
[July 15, 2015 update: According to a note from Hub Food Trucks, Luke's Lobster opens its new Back Bay shop on Friday (July 17).]
The address for the new Luke's Lobster in the Back Bay will be 75 Exeter Street, Boston, MA, 02116. The website for the group of lobster shacks can be found at http://www.lukeslobster.com/
Thanks to Eater Boston for bringing this to our attention.
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