Luke’s Lobster is opening a new flagship in a converted office/condo building at the end of Portland Pier. More than just a restaurant, Luke's will be an immersive experience with a 360 degree view of Portland Harbor's working waterfront, where guests can dine on the freshest local seafood, tour Luke's adjacent lobster pound, and watch fishermen steam in and out and unload their catch. Luke's is building its team and hiring for all positions for the new project, as well as for its processing arm in Saco, Maine.
Luke's Lobster was born out of the dream of Maine native and third-generation lobsterman Luke Holden to bring the quality, affordable lobster rolls of his youth to the New York City...and eventually the world. After meeting business partner Ben Conniff on Craigslist (yes, Craigslist), the two twenty-somethings opened their first lobster shack in a 250 square foot space in NYC’s East Village in October 2009. Nearly a decade later Luke’s Lobster shacks can be found in ten states across the U.S., and in Japan and Taiwan.
As part of its mission to serve the best tasting seafood, sourced responsibly, Luke’s Lobster also built a state-of-the-art seafood facility in Saco, Maine, that allows the company to not only buy lobsters directly from fishermen at the dock but immediately steam, pick, and send them to its shacks to ensure perfect flavor and texture with every bite and transparent sourcing detail for its guests. In 2018, Luke & Ben furthered their growing seafood company’s commitment to sustainability and socially conscious business practices by becoming a certified B Corporation®, reflecting Luke’s Lobster’s deep devotion to each of coastal communities, its family of teammates, and the environment.