Cousins Maine Lobster is not your typical lobster offering. You won’t find them serving hot, buttered lobster over a white tablecloth with champagne and caviar. Instead, you’ll find them slinging out traditional, buttered and toasted split-top rolls filled with chilled Maine lobster meat from their 19 food trucks, the way owners (and cousins) Jim Tselikis and Sabin Lomac say it should be.Read More
Maine-inspired Luke's Lobster is growing sustainable seafood in fast casual.
Foodable Labs ranks NYC-based Luke's Lobster as a Top 150 Emerging Brand.
Turns out, many people were looking for the fresh seafood taste just like Luke and were willing to pay more than they would at the average fast casual for the high-quality dish. Knowing the industry, Luke and Ben were able to ship in fresh from Maine seafood all while maintaining the level of sustainability they feel the product demands. Watch this episode of Foodable's Emerging Brand Series to see how the brand is growing and where they plan to go next.
Luke's Lobster began in 2009 when Luke Holden, a self-defined Lobsterman from Maine noticed a gap in the dining scene of New York City. Working in the city as an investment banker, Luke longed for the Lobster rolls he'd grown accustomed to back home. But the only lobster he could find was at fine dining establishments and had a 30 dollar price tag. After joining forces with former food writer Ben Conniff, the duo took on the fast-casual seafood scene... and dominated.Read More
By Suzanne Deveney, Foodable Contributor
At a time when fast food restaurants are struggling to keep up with the demands of better food quality, improved working conditions, and higher pay and benefits, there are a few shining examples of the way it should be done in the fast-casual sector.
Take a look at Luke’s Lobster.
When Luke Holden left college in 2007, he entered into the world of investment banking, but his Maine fishing roots grew too strong to keep him there. That, and the fact that he couldn’t find a decent lobster roll that resembled anything like those he grew up eating, provided the inspiration he needed to take his career on a very different path.
Holden became passionate about getting higher quality lobster to consumers at a more affordable price through direct connection with lobstermen and through the lobster processing business. So he created a business plan and, in 2009, put out a Craigslist ad for a partner.Read More