Sunday, August 20, 2017

Brown's Lobster Pound in Seabrook, NH Closed After Fire

A decades-old institution for seafood is closed after being hit by a fire, and it is not known when it could reopen.

According to a post from NBC Boston, Brown's Lobster Pound in Seabrook, NH, suffered major damage from a blaze early this morning, with the kitchen and the rear of the building being destroyed by the fire and the dining room having smoke and water damage. The Facebook page for the seafood shack simply says that it is looking to reopen "as soon as possible" while it also hopes to take part in the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival, which takes place September 8-10.

Brown's, which first opened in 1950, is one of New England's best-known seafood restaurants, and it is often mentioned in the same breath as Markey's, another longtime seafood shack that is located across the street.

The address for Brown's Lobster Pound is 407 Route 286, Seabrook, NH, 03874. Its website can be found at

[September 1 update: The New Hampshire Union Leader states that Brown's Lobster Pound remains closed after the fire, but it will be able to take part in the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival next weekend. The article also says that the restaurant hopes to reopen in mid-to-late October if all goes well.]

[March 8, 2018 update: WMUR says that Brown's Lobster Pound plans to open on March 23, even after a scare during last weekend's storm when it was hit by flooding.]

[March 22, 2018 update: A new Facebook post from the place mentions that tomorrow's opening date has been pushed back because of the bad weather and delays in the delivery of equipment.]

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